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Liverpool: Reds must cut Origi loose in the summer

There appears to be a big summer rebuilding job ahead of Liverpool due to their disastrous title defence.

A number of players have been linked with a switch to Anfield, whilst a few current Reds are rumoured to be heading for the exit door.

Amongst those potential departures appears to be striker Divock Origi, with the Mail Online suggesting that Michael Edwards is actively inviting offers for the 25-year-old.

Despite his cult hero status at Anfield for his memorable brace against Barcelona and his goal in the Champions League final victory over Tottenham, it is about time that the Belgian was jettisoned.

Who should start up-front for Liverpool?

Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota

Divock Origi

Divock Origi

Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino

Since signing for the club from Lille in 2015, Origi has failed to establish himself as a viable option in the attacking positions, a statement that is supported by his woeful record in front of goal.

In 157 appearances for the Reds, he has netted just 35 goals. For context, Roberto Firmino, who is regularly criticised for his lack of goal threat, has scored more than double that with 84 despite having arrived in the same summer as his Belgian teammate.

Of course, it is harsh comparing Origi with Firmino, who when fit plays every match. However, the Belgian appears incapable of taking his chance even when presented to him.

In four starts this season, Origi has not managed to score. Meanwhile, he is barely contributing elsewhere with just 0.8 shots and 0.2 key passes per game this season according to WhoScored – a huge reason as to why he has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.

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Considering his woeful form, surely it is time for the Reds to sever ties with Origi, claim at least some of his £14.4m-value and bring in someone else who might actually be a more realistic and productive back-up option at Anfield.

The only challenge might well be convincing another club to buy Origi considering that he still has three years remaining on his £60k-per-week Liverpool contract.

His departure, though, might well be the first step in the club’s rebuild.

AND in more news, a current Bundesliga star could be the perfect Origi replacement should the Belgian depart Anfield…

Article title: Liverpool: Reds must cut Origi loose in the summer

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