Borussia Dortmund should sign Divock Origi from Liverpool after losing Erling Haaland to injury, Bundesliga great Stefan Effenberg told T-Online.
The Belgium international might have a permanent place in Anfield folklore thanks to those Champions League heroics, but it seems a dramatic decider in Madrid can only carry him so far.
The arrival of Diogo Jota from Wolves has forced Origi further than ever down Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order, with the former Lille youngster playing just seven minutes of Premier League football all season.
But if Origi grows tired of life on the Anfield bench, the Premier League and Champions League winner should not be short of offers.
Effenberg believes that a Dortmund side who recently lost the talismanic figure of Haaland to injury could do worse than offer the one-time Wolfsburg loanee a return to the Bundesliga.
“I wrote months ago that (Dortmund) should sign a striker like Mario Mandzukic,” said the Bayern Munich legend.
“Two other candidates for a winter transfer or at least a loan deal until the end of the season: Divock Origi from Liverpool or Mauro Icardi from Paris St. Germain.
“So far this season, they haven’t played a role, have just sat in the stands, but have long since proven their skills and might help immediately.
“Origi shot Liverpool to victory in the final against Tottenham to win the Champions League in 2019.”
Teen sensation Youssoufa Moukouko, the youngest player ever to feature in a Bundesliga game, has been thrown in at the deep end with Haaland unavailable until the New Year.
Effenberg, however, feels that Dortmund need a more experienced option in attack if they are to bounce back from a 5-1 thumping at home to newly-promoted Stuttgart and challenge for silverware this season.
“A 16 year old as a backup for a 20 year old? That is fatal and does not work at all. The bosses make a mistake if they don’t bring in an experienced striker.”