It’s safe to say that things haven’t quite gone according to plan for poor Divock Origi.
During his two seasons at Liverpool, the striker scored some memorable goals, but failed to fully claim the striker role through consistently excellent play. Despite a real lack of back-up options to Roberto Firmino, the Belgian striker found himself loaned out this season to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.
Origi helped Wolfsburg survive relegation, but only just, with a goal in the relegation playoff against Holstein Kiel. It was one of just six goals in 31 league appearances, giving the Belgian an average of a goal or an assist every 246 minutes. Those kinds of stats certainly aren’t good enough to lead the line in a Jürgen Klopp side (albeit, similar to what both Solanke and Ings delivered).
Now Origi is looking to move on elsewhere, according to his agent.
“For me it was a mistake for Divock to go to Wolfsburg,” his agent said in an interview with Turkish outlet A Spor. “Klopp will now make a decision on him. If he wants him to stay, then Divock will stay or if he wants him to leave then Divock will leave.
“We are not looking to leave on loan again. We want to go a team that has made plans for him. In that regard, we’ve also spoke with Besiktas.”
It seems unlikely that Klopp has made plans for Origi in the upcoming season, and therefore it is safe to assume that he will be on his way out—on a permanent deal—in short order, if an appropriate fee can be reached.
Origi came to Liverpool from Ligue 1 side Lille for a fee of £10 million, and should be able to recoup that (and then some) on the market. He was worth taking a punt on, but it did not appear to pan out.