Divock Origi will be hoping to get another chance to prove himself at Liverpool next season.
Reports that Steven Gerrard will attempt to bring Dominic Solanke to Rangers this summer could offer a lifeline to one forgotten Liverpool forward in Divock Origi.
With just six goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances on loan at Wolfsburg during the 2017-18 season, the chances of 23-year-old Origi returning to Merseyside and immediately breaking up the lethal triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane seem slim. But the Belgium international’s versatility across the front three is a quality that will surely appeal to Jurgen Klopp.
It was Solanke, an arrival from Chelsea last summer, who served that role as chief back-up for that front three last season; a testing campaign for the still-developing England Under-21 international where he had to wait until the last day of the season to register his first Premier League goal for the Reds.
Wide-ranging reports suggesting Gerrard will try to tempt his former club into loaning out the striker would certainly enhance his chances of breaking Celtic’s stranglehold on Scottish football and in turn, could open up a spot for Origi to return.
Given how spectacularly Liverpool’s current front three have performed, it’s easy to forget the Belgian’s respectable return from the 2016-17 campaign; seven goals from just 14 Premier League starts with another four in cup competitions.
Seemingly a more potent goal threat than Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge, two who seem likely to leave Anfield on a permanent basis in the coming months, Origi still also has youth on his side.
With just two seasons at the club under his belt, the first of which was hampered by injury, he will feel he is deserving of another chance to prove his worth.