Following Sunday’s dismantling of Arsenal, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was asked about his decision to leave Divock Origi out of the squad and whether it meant the player might leave the club before the transfer window shuts at 11PM BST on Thursday, August 31st.
“We will see,” was Klopp’s unusually cagey response. “That’s not something to talk about here, but if players come in I think it must make sense to think about what we do on the other side. The players are obviously involved in this. I’m not sure, we will see. You’ll have to wait.”
Less than 24 hours later, and we may already have the answer: Origi could well depart, and he might even be used to help get one of those incoming deals over the line after news broke today that Liverpool were pushing hard to sign Monaco’s versatile 20-year-old star Thomas Lemar.
Monaco were reportedly interested in Origi earlier in the summer, and they look as though they will likely lose striker Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days in a deal that will see PSG take the player on loan for a year before committing to buying him next summer.
That there have been a smattering of reports Origi could end up at Monaco—either as part of a Lemar deal or done seperately—should be no surprise. Liverpool want Lemar and Lemar wants the Premier League; Monaco have been connected to Origi in the past and Origi wants playing time.
It all would seem to just make sense, though that’s no guarantee of a deal getting done. With the transfer window nearing its end, though, and Liverpool hopeful of completing the deal for Lemar within the day, at least we shouldn’t have long to wait to find out if it will happen.