Rangers have been linked with a move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi recently, and the Belgian could be a superb addition to Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox this summer.
According to 90min, Rangers are one of a number of sides including Southampton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and West Ham who are monitoring Origi’s situation at Anfield, with Liverpool seemingly keen to cash in on the striker after a less than impressive season with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The arrival of Diogo Jota limited the 26-year-old’s game time with the Reds, as he managed just two starts in the Premier League last season, and failed to find the back of the net in any of his appearances in all competitions, so it is no surprise that he is being touted with a move away.
The £10.8m-rated forward could prove to be an affordable option for Rangers due to his contract being set to expire at the end of next season, whilst Gerrard’s obvious connection with Liverpool suggests that he would be able to negotiate a good deal for the former Lille man.
Although Rangers are already well-stocked in the attacking department, Origi could add some serious quality to Gerrard’s front line, and would be an eye-catching replacement for Alfredo Morelos should he depart Ibrox this summer.
Whilst Origi has managed just 35 goals in 157 appearances for Liverpool thus far, he has very rarely been trusted with a starting spot, and has shown glimpses of his ability with notable braces against Everton and Barcelona at Anfield.
If he were to join Rangers, you feel that he could easily rediscover his goalscoring touch playing against objectively weaker opposition, whilst he would also bring some Champions League experience to Ibrox ahead of Rangers’ return to the elite club competition next season.
After his goals against Everton in the 2019/20 campaign, Phil Neville was full of praise for Origi, saying:
“He’s got a taste for the big games. He has made big contributions in big games.”
He has also been lauded as a “monster” by former Belgium teammate Vincent Kompany. “He is very gifted and talented,” he said. “Technically, he’s a monster. More importantly, he is an outstanding worker in training. I see him working like crazy.”
A big-game player is something Rangers could definitely do with next season if they are to end their hoodoo in Scottish cup competitions and progress in the Champions League, so Ross Wilson should definitely look at the possibility of bringing Origi to Ibrox this summer.
He could well be the perfect successor to Morelos, if he were to leave.
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