Liverpool should use potential Origi transfer as leverage for La Liga star – opinion

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Divock Origi has reportedly had his eyes on the exit door at Anfield with his role for the upcoming season being far from certain.

The Belgian will go down in club folklore for his heroics against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals, and for netting our second goal against Spurs in Madrid.

It’s hard to judge whether Origi would be happy playing the same bit-part role again next season, and he has reportedly had offers from other clubs that’d allow him to start more regularly.

Bobby Fimino is the Reds’ first choice striker and the former Lille man can do very little to change that. The two players offer something different, and what the Brazilian offers is typically crucial to how Jurgen Klopp likes his team to play.

The Metro report that La Liga outfit Real Betis are trying to lure Origi away from Anfield before his contract is up in 12 months time, and Spanish outlet SPORT claim Liverpool are keen on the Verdiblancos’ Junior Firpo.

So – if the forward fancies a crack at the Spanish league, and we can land ourselves a potential target, why not offer Belgian to Betis (plus a few reddies) in exchange for their exceptionally talented full-back?

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This is purely speculation, of course, but Alberto Moreno has just left the club and we likely need someone to fill in for Andy Robertson now and then.

A new left-back needs to be better defensively than Alby, but content to wait for his opportunities, while also pushing the Scotland skipper in training – 22-year-old Firpo could be ideal.

If the rumours are to be believed, the only thing standing in our way is the Dominican-born defender’s reported release clause of around £45million – as per ESPN.

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