Divock Origi’s second season at Liverpool may not have quite measured up to the lofty expectations, but it was solid. Eleven goals and four assists in 43 total appearances, many off the bench, and recording a goal or assist every 139 minutes he was on the pitch would be a solid return for nearly any striker.
That he only managed to play an average of 48 minutes for each of those appearances, though, speaks to his role as one of the club’s top attacking options rather than a regular starter, and with it likely his role would be similar at Anfield next season, it could be the 22-year-old will be looking elsewhere for more.
Or at least that seems to be at the root of reports out of France, since picked up by FootballWhispers and ESPN, that claim Origi could be heading back to Ligue 1 after Monaco identified him as one of their top targets to replace Kylian Mbappe should the highly-rated 19-year-old depart in the coming months.
There are further rumblings Lyon could also be interested in bringing Origi back to France as they expect to sell Alexandre Lacazette this summer and, as with Monaco, if their current striker departs, the Liverpool man would be near the top of any list of potential replacements for him. At this stage, it’s all highly speculative.
If Mbappe leaves Monaco. If Lacazette leaves Lyon—likely to Atletico Madrid, who must try to get their transfer ban overturned before they can make any deal for their rumoured top target to replace Antoine Griezmann. And if either of those things, then maybe Origi would top the list of potential replacement.
If, then maybe. And assuming Origi would then choose a return to France over the more difficult route of remaining at Liverpool where minutes will be harder to come by but the rewards greater if he can win out. So. It probably won’t happen. Such is the tenuous, speculative, unlikely life of transfer rumours.