Liverpool’s Champions League hero Divock Origi has been promised Daniel Sturridge’s minutes for next season by manager Jurgen Klopp.
The former England international has departed the club after his contract ran out at the end of last month, and the Belgian is in line to inherit his role.
This is according to football insider Kristof Terreur. “He has been promised a bigger role next season now Sturridge has left. They’ve offered him good money. I think he will sign a new deal for four or five years,” he said on the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast.
It’s hard to judge whether Origi would be happy playing such a role as 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 Origi can do very little to change that. The players offer something different, and what the Brazilian offers is typically crucial to how Klopp’s teams play.
So the Belgian isn’t guaranteed first team football next season, not on a regular basis anyway, so his agent has been reportedly offering him to clubs around Europe – as per the Metro.
The same report states that Real Betis are trying to lure Origi away from Anfield before his contract is up.
The Reds have all the cards here – the Belgian still has a year left on his deal, and likely wouldn’t kick up a fuss if he stuck around for another season to leave on a free next summer.