So far this summer, Liverpool’s business has been about incoming stars and youth players heading out on loan. That could be set to change soon with the club seeking to sell their surplus parts, starting at striker.
Danny Ings has been left behind while the club head off on tour as the player has signalled to Jürgen Klopp that he wishes to move on this summer, but in the end he might not be the first striker to leave the club.
That’s because a handful of reports, including from The Lvierpool Echo and Telegraph, claim the club have put Divock Origi up for sale and that La Liga side Valencia are very interested in signing the 23-year-old.
Liverpool, for their part, are said to be seeking a £27M (€30M) fee for the player, which is steep for a striker with his track record but not perhaps for one with his talent in the current inflated transfer market.
The Reds bought Origi from Lille in 2014 for £10M following a strong World Cup, but ever since—including the year he remained at Lille in order to keep help the fee down—positives have been hard to find.
He was named to L’Equipe’s worst team of the year, then struggled for consistency when joining Liverpool—and when he did finally find a little form, he was injured. Then, last season, he went to Wolfsburg.
The season-long loan was meant to revive his flagging Liverpool career. It didn’t work. And it’s been clear in pre-season he simply doesn’t have a place at Klopp’s Liverpool. A sale, then, is what’s needed.
About the only question is whether the market has inflated enough that Origi, based on his talent and promise alone, can demand a £27M fee. His wages being relatively low, at least, should help with that a little.