When Dominic Solanke joined Liverpool this summer and began to overtake Divock Origi as third-choice striker, it was clear that Origi would have to go out on loan to get game time. And, in fact, in the last hours of the transfer window, Liverpool secured a season-long loan to Wolfsburg for the player.
Origi will join the Bundesliga club and don the number 14, previously worn by his fellow countryman Kevin de Bruyne. For his part, Origi seems to be eager to take on this new challenge, as well as live up to the high standards of de Bruyne before him.
“I had the 14 suggested by the club and accepted it,” Origi said. “The number can be important. However, it is more important what you do on the pitch. I give everything I have and I am simply Divock. I try to bring my qualities and my values into the team.”
“My favourite position is the attack, but I can play wherever the coach needs me.
“Mentally and physically I feel good, I could be ready on Saturday. But as a player, you are probably always ready. Ultimately, the coach has to decide how far I am.”
“I wanted a new challenge and Wolfsburg wanted me absolutely,” Origi said. “Here I see the opportunity to develop further. I like soccer, so I know the Bundesliga and Wolfsburg. I love this competition and am looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga.”
Liverpool fans will be watching Origi’s progress with interest over the course of the season, not least because the club have the option to recall him in January if need be.