Liverpool striker Divock Origi targeted for January move

11 October 2018

Divock Origi has yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team this season and could be heading for a January exit, with one European side ready to bid.


The Reds were open to offers for the Belgian striker in the summer, but proposed moves to the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Wolves and Besiktas failed to materialise.

Liverpool only wanted a permanent deal at the time, with some clubs preferring loans—and Origi himself outright rejecting a move to the newly promoted Premier League club.

He has paid the price since his decision, watching from the stands and not even included on the bench for a single senior match this term.

Origi did, however, feature for the U23s in a 3-0 win over Swansea, where the striker scored and claimed an assist.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Liverpool's Divock Origi during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Turkish outlet Fotospor report that Galatasaray had scouts in attendance at the match, and were suitably impressed.

Technical director Fatih Terim has given the go-ahead for a Januar bid, claims the report, with Galatasaray hoping for a loan move given the lack of game time for the 23-year-old.

Origi has Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in Jurgen Klopp‘s order of preference, while even Dominic Solanke made the bench for the EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 19, 2018: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is also the return of young forward Rhian Brewster to contend with over the coming months, who will hope to make his mark on the senior side.

This story in particular might not end up proving too accurate—it’s unlikely any club gives the green light for a transfer on the basis of what is effectively a single reserves match—but even so, Origi’s time at Anfield is surely up.

With just a year-and-a-half left on his contract come January, the Reds will surely seek to secure a good price for him in the market, whether that’s with an immediate permanent exit or a loan with a guaranteed purchase in summer.

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