After scoring 23 goals in 85 appearances (quite a few of them as a substitute) across two seasons and one goalless competitive outing in his third campaign, Divock Origi has joined Wolfsburg on loan for £6 million. The Bundesliga club will pay all of the striker’s wages to take him for the season. There is, however, a clause that allows Liverpool to recall the player in January if necessary.
Origi’s father spoke of the need for regular minutes ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia, but the arrival of Dominic Solanke and the revival of Daniel Sturridge have combined to push the 22-year-old down the pecking order with Roberto Firmino as Jürgen Klopp’s first-choice central forward in a front three.
Despite the Belgian international leaving Liverpool for a season, there is no option for Wolfsburg to buy Origi at the end of the loan as Klopp still sees the striker as part of the Liverpool’s future. Origi has scored important goals in a Liverpool shirt and shown that he has potential to play for a big club.
Wolfsburg have provided a platform for talented players such as Julian Draxler and Kevin De Bruyne to prove themselves worthy of a big move. Maybe Origi will return in the summer after a successful spell in Germany ready to compete, or perhaps he will decide to develop away from Liverpool as Romelu Lukaku did by leaving Chelsea to progress at Everton.
There are many paths for Origi in the near future, but how he fares at Wolfsburg will be key to discovering which road he will take.