Tuesday night’s Champions League tie against FC Midtjylland saw a number of Liverpool’s backup players given the chance in a heavily rotated side, and for a few it seems clear the night was a success.
For Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri in particular, Tuesday night made a strong case for more minutes moving forward. In the case of Divock Origi, on the other hand, it was another unmemorable outing.
After playing a key role off the bench in 2019-20, it has now been more than a year of struggle for the 25-year-old, and following Tuesday’s disappointing performance there are fresh departure rumours.
In his native Belgium, Voetbal 24 today claim that Origi no longer sees a place for himself at Anfield following the summer arrival of Jota and is worried about his place with the National Team moving forward.
As such, they believe that the striker will push for a return to his homeland as he hopes to join a Jupiler Pro League side in January, with Club Brugge mentioned as a possibility by name—but only on loan.
Given Liverpool’s reluctance to send any of their fringe players—including Origi, who was linked with a potential departure—out on loan over the summer makes it difficult to take this rumour too seriously.
With Jota’s arrival, Shaqiri playing well when given chances this year, and Harvey Elliott expected to have a first team role next season, it seems clear Origi’s long-term chances will be limited at Liverpool.
However, as his contract runs through 2024, it’s difficult to imagine the club agreeing a January loan. If Brugge or any other Belgian side want him, they likely need to be able to do a permanent deal.