Liverpool may have missed their best opportunity to axe Divock Origi during the recent winter transfer window after James Pearce revealed that the Reds were open to offers for the Belgian, but none of the ones submitted were deemed acceptable.
The Athletic correspondent suggested in a recent article that the former Wolfsburg loanee needs a miracle to saves his Liverpool career, having struggled throughout the season so far.
The striker has contributed zero goals or assists in eight Premier League appearances this season, whilst his three appearances in the Champions League have been similarly disappointing.
The fact that Liverpool were seemingly unwilling to lower their asking price for the 25-year-old is slightly concerning, as his value is surely only going to decrease if he continues to warm the bench and make little impact on the few occasions he is selected in the first-team.
Last month’s 1-0 defeat against Burnley summed up the Belgian international’s lack of confidence in front of goal, as he smashed a shot against the crossbar when through on goal, in a miss that would prove costly, as the Reds’ impressive home record was brought to an end by Sean Dyche’s side.
Origi, who reportedly earns £60k per week at Anfield, has already seen his Transfermarkt value drop to £14.4 million this season and with his contract set to expire in 2024, Liverpool risk keeping him on their books for too long, if they aren’t willing to budge on their asking price for the 25-year-old.
Whilst that has included memorable performances against Barcelona and Everton, which have lead to him becoming something of a cult figure at Anfield, his displays this season have been far from good enough, so it would not be a surprise to see him soon become surplus to requirements under Jurgen Klopp.
With Diogo Jota close to a return from injury, it is difficult to see Origi getting many more chances in this Liverpool side this season, especially with the Reds out of both domestic cup competitions.
Therefore, it could definitely be described as a mistake by sporting director Michael Edwards to have not axed him during the recent transfer window, as if his form continues, then the Reds will surely regret not cashing in on him. They could have brought in somewhat of a decent fee for him, but instead, face the prospect of seeing his value go lower and lower before having to offload him for pittance.
Edwards has enjoyed some superb times in the transfer market with Liverpool over the years – the Reds’ trophies are a testament to that. But on this occasion with Origi, this surely has to go down as an error on his part.
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