Exclusive: Former Liverpool player predicts where Divock Origi's next move could be, if he was to leave Liverpool 🔴
"Origi has the capability to be a 15-goal a season Premier League striker"
Divock Origi gathered world-wide headlines following his last-gasp winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers and so talk has turned to what comes next for him in his career.
In an exclusive interview with Empire of the Kop, former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has given his insight on where the Belgian striker could be heading to next.
This is all assuming that our No.27 wants to leave Anfield, seeing as his importance will only grow once Mo Salah and Sadio Mane head off to AFCON in Janurary.
Nevertheless, what is the 26-year-old’s standard if he is to be considered the main man who is getting all the goals for his team?
50-year-old Collymore said: “I think his finishing has actually got better, maybe because he thinks he’s only going to have limited time to be able to come on and that focuses his mind to be able to take opportunities when they come and it was a wonderful finish [against Wolves].
“Could he go to, looking at teams that traditionally don’t score many goals and already have players from Liverpool, Christian Benteke is one.
“Before he went to Liverpool he was at Villa and after that he went to Palace, Benteke has been hit and miss and certainly hasn’t been on the up since he left Liverpool.
“I think Origi has the capability to be a 15-goal a season Premier League striker and that comes with a premium for clubs and anybody from 8th down would take that type of striker.
“You look at Danny Ings since at Liverpool, very much surplus to requirements and very much a bit part player but he scored goals at Southampton and will score goals at Aston Villa when he comes back from injury.
“It really does depend what [Origi] wants at this point in his career, I could understand if he thinks ‘I’m at a really good club’ and I really can’t see him, certainly in England, being at a similar sized club.
“Look at Tammy Abraham going to Roma, scoring lots of goals and enjoying life, could I see Origi going to Roma, Ajax, one of the top German teams and scoring goals? Absolutley, but he may well be settled and he certainly has a manger that loves him.
“Every time that Jurgen talks about him, he talks about him and his face lights up, saying he’s a club legend reinforces that and it’s part-clever as it shows he wants him and keeps him motivated but it’s also heartfelt.
“I think [Origi’s] done a really big thing for Jurgen Klopp in the Champions League Final and Jurgen will be quite happy to have him around the club and the team without any promises, for as long as Divock wants to stay”.
It’s all very much in the hands of Divock Origi as he may well be happy to keep his role in the team and keep taking the few moments that are handed to him.
He will get more chances in December and January as the squad is tested during a hectic festive period and only he will know if that is enough for him.
The Belgian has the perfect character for the role he fulfills and if he was causing any issues in the dressing room because of a lack of game time, it could seriously affect the mood within the squad.
However, he is more than happy to take minutes as they come and attempt to make himself the hero whenever he comes on to try and save a game.
Our No.27 has earned the position to make his own mind up and with his manager admitting he deserves to play at a club that plays him more than he does, Klopp seems to believe he’s destined to depart and play more games.
All of this means it could be the last season we have the player signed from Lille in 2014 but he still has more than five months to score some more crucial goals and give us time to get his statue fund started!
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