The future of Divock Origi appears up in the air, with Jurgen Klopp hinting that the striker may be allowed to leave Liverpool this week.
The Reds are still buzzing after Sunday’s thrilling 4-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League, but one person who played no part was Origi.
The Belgian was left out of Liverpool’s matchday squad, as was the case in last week’s Champions League clash with Hoffenheim at Anfield, with Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke the preferred choices on the substitutes’ bench.
Klopp’s decision to leave out Origi has led to speculation over the Belgian’s future, with only injuries likely to see him enjoy plenty of playing time this season.
When quizzed about the situation in his post-Arsenal press conference, the Liverpool manager gave an inkling that he may allow Origi to move on by Deadline Day on Thursday.
“We will see,” Klopp said.
“That’s not something to talk about here. If players come in, I think it makes sense to think about what we do on the other side.
“They’re obviously involved in this (the players). I’m not sure, we will see, you have to wait.”
The Reds have been strongly linked with a big-money move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, which could be one of the potential incomings Klopp was alluding to.
There is an argument to say that Origi could even be used as part of the deal, especially with Monaco’s star striker Kylian Mbappe on the verge of joining PSG.
Origi’s future is a tricky one. At 22, he still has years ahead of him and he has shown in the past that he can be a real handful on his day.
On the flip side, however, he is showing very few signs of kicking on, and he has arguably regressed in the last year or so.
He doesn’t feel particularly suited to this Liverpool side, often struggling to be on the same wavelength as those around him, so it wouldn’t be disastrous to see him leave.
Klopp will have the final say, and as so often seems to be the case with him in the transfer market, his decision will be the correct one.