Back in 2014, Divock Origi was considered a steal of a buy, ready to become a future legend of Liverpool for the meagre price of £10 million. Yet, these days you can see him sitting on the bench at Anfield or catch him at the airport as he embarks on another European loan. Is a loan move to Klopp’s former employers, Borussia Dortmund, the answer? Or is it time to cut our losses and recoup the money spent?
There was a buzz of anticipation around Merseyside once Liverpool announced they had signed a young Belgique striker (the best kind of striker). On the face of it, the boy was something special. He had the pace of ten men, he could hold up the ball, and most importantly he seemed to know where the back of the net was.
Life in Liverpool was going pretty well for the Belgium born striker. In the 2016/2017 season, Origi managed to make the most appearances in all competitions for the reds. In total, he managed 21 goals in two seasons for Liverpool, not a bad tally for a 22-year-old who was still rough around the edges.
That would be the end of the fairy-tale for Divock Origi at Liverpool as a shock loan move to Wolfsburg left many fans scratching their heads. To add insult to injury, Origi lit the Bundesliga alight. Four goals in nine games earnt him the rookie of the month award (best newcomer). However, that was the end of the fairy-tale for the striker, as he appeared to have lost his scoring boots. Origi managed two more goals the rest of that season, leaving Klopp with a decision to make.
At the start of this season Liverpool was spoilt for choice with strikers, but as the saying goes to many cooks spoils the Broth, so Klopp had to downsize. This was to the misfortune to Danny Ings who has been shipped out down south for one last redemption loan to prove his worth.
Origi, on the other hand, has been handed a career lifeline. There are few clubs bigger than Borussia Dortmund. Just last season they revitalised fellow Belgique Michy Batshuayi, earning him a move to Spain. Could this be the magic Origi needs to finally establish himself as a big-league player?
As with every golden opportunity, there’s a catch. Liverpool has no interest in him returning. If Origi agrees to this loan, then his time in Merseyside has come to an end. For someone so young and so full of talent it seems a shame to offload him. Yet, can you really justify keeping him in the stands when Solanke, Sturridge, and Firminho all place above him in the hierarchy?
Overall, I have a sneaky feeling this is going to be a huge mistake for Liverpool and Origi will come back to haunt us. However, a part of me wants that, he’s a cracking playing with a great attitude, best of luck to you kid. Prove us wrong.