AC Milan are the latest side to reportedly register an interest in Liverpool striker Divock Origi ahead of the January transfer window, which could represent the perfect opportunity for Jurgen Klopp to axe the Belgian.
According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur on Twitter, Milan have held a conversation about potentially taking the former Lille man on loan.
This would surely suit Origi, as he is not currently getting a look in with the Reds, whilst Stefano Pioli’s side currently sit top of Serie A, so he could still be part of a title challenge if he were to move to Italy.
However, the 25-year-old’s performances this season certainly suggest that he doesn’t really have a future at Liverpool, as he has disappointed in his few performances in the Champions League, averaging a shocking 6.29 rating, whilst he has managed just three substitute appearances in the Premier League.
Therefore, if possible, the Reds should sell the Belgian international permanently in January, rather than holding out hope that he could rediscover his form in the Italian league, where he would need to keep out the superb Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he wanted to start up front for I Rossoneri.
This perhaps seems unlikely when you consider the Swedish striker has averaged an incredible 8.41 rating for his performances so far this season, whilst Origi has found the net just twice, both of which came in the League Cup win against Lincoln City.
Of course, the striker will be fondly remembered for his role in helping Liverpool win the Champions League in the 2018/19 season, after his brace against Barcelona and his late goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the final.
Following his performance against Spurs, former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer was full of praise for him, saying:
“Origi produced an outstanding finish once again. I was at the semi-final against Barcelona at Anfield and he was immense. To produce another incredible finish in the final is massive credit to his drive and belief.
“When he was away on loan he couldn’t even get any game time — and he has it tough in this Liverpool team as that front three are impossible to budge.
“But what a two months it has been for him. He has written himself into the history books at Liverpool Football Club.”
Unfortunately for Origi, the occasional impressive performance shouldn’t be enough to see him stay at Anfield for the long-term, as both his performances and effort levels this season have been far from good enough, so Michael Edwards should attempt to negotiate a deal that sees the Belgian striker leave the Merseyside club permanently next month.