Jurgen Klopp is set to trim his Liverpool squad, and Divock Origi could be one of the players to leave, with the club slapping a €30 million price tag on the Belgian.
According to Liverpool Echo, the Anfield club are set to clear out many players in the hope of raising at least £100 million after spending the better part of £170 million in the current transfer window. Leading the pack of players deemed surplus to requirements is Divock Origi, and Liverpool want €30 million for the forward.
After making some excellent signings in the current transfer window, with Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson Becker all arriving for big money, Jurgen Klopp is now set to concentrate in trimming the squad ahead of the new season. Simon Mignolet, Lazar Markovic, Danny Ings and Marko Grujic are some of the first team players set to depart.
Although the player Liverpool have most hopes of getting a handsome transfer fee out of remains to be Divock Origi. Valencia among other clubs have recently shown an interest in the forward and Liverpool are ready to sell the player who has failed to live up to the expectations at Anfield.
Initially, it was not in the plans to sell Origi apparently, as Klopp continued with his support for the Belgian. Origi’s chances have been diminished at Liverpool since making his move from Lille a few years back. Last season, the arrival of Mohamed Salah and a fit-again Danny Ings meant that Origi knew his chances would be decidedly less to play games.
With the idea of getting more games under his belt and with the hopes of a place in the Belgian squad for the World Cup in Russia, Origi moved to Wolfsburg in Germany. His loan move last season in the Bundesliga was below average, and yet Klopp has taken the Belgian to Liverpool’s pre-season tour with the hope of him shining.
Klopp was of the opinion to keep either one of Origi and the now out-of-favour Daniel Sturridge at the club. However whoever is to stay will know their position will still be of backup personnel to the now established Liverpool forward line consisting of Salah, Firmino and Mane.
With the chance up for grabs on Liverpool’s pre-season tour, Origi has played in all five games so far and has only disappointed with his displays. Instead, it has been Sturridge who has impressed Klopp enough for the German to keep the England International at the club for the next season and put Origi up for sale.
With the price now set at €30 million, there are not many who are expected to meet this valuation, especially for a player who many consider has stalled in his development in the last few seasons. Yet Liverpool keeps hope of selling the Belgian and other stars and raise funds after massive spending.
However, in the case a transfer cannot materialise, Liverpool are prepared to let the Belgian forward spend the season at the club, with the hope that he might shine and add quality depth to their squad. But Liverpool have spent big already in this window, and will be actively looking to offer the forward to clubs, and even possibly even lower their asking price if need be.