Jurgen Klopp is keen to retain Divock Origi’s services beyond the January transfer window as backup to Liverpool’s first choice attacking trio.
The Belgian has regularly been tipped to leave the club in search of regular football this month having made just four senior appearances over the first half of the season.
Wolverhampton Wanderers had emerged as leading contenders for his signature after the striker turned down a £20million move to Molineux during the summer.
Origi somewhat squeezed his way back into senior contention at the beginning of December when he scored in the 96th minute to snatch a dramatic win over Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Fast forward a month and Klopp is now preparing to keep hold of the 23-year-old for the rest of the campaign, according to the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.
The decision marks a monumental show of faith from the Liverpool boss following a drab FA Cup defeat to Wolves for his ‘B team’.
It also serves as an evident repercussion of Dominic Solanke’s £19million move to Bournemouth and the recent barrage of injuries at the club, with Klopp keen to maintain striking options in reserve.
Origi got himself on the scoresheet in fine fashion during the Reds’ cup elimination, but failed to offer much in the way of encouraging link up play with fellow back up Daniel Sturridge.
Barring injuries to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, it’s difficult to see him playing anything other than the role of impact substitute.