Liverpool facing Divock Origi transfer decision as startling fact emerges

Liverpool facing Divock Origi transfer decision as startling fact emerges

From a late winner against Everton, a Champions League semi-final brace against Barcelona and a European Cup final clincher against Tottenham Hotspur, Divock Origi has provided some landmark moments for Liverpool.

But there was one on Wednesday the striker perhaps won’t be so keen to celebrate.

By replacing Mohamed Salah with seven minutes remaining against Arsenal at the Emirates, Origi was making his 82nd appearance from the bench.

And that saw him surpass Ryan Babel as the most used substitute in Liverpool’s history.

Not much of a claim to fame, to be honest. But, in terms of Origi’s Anfield career, it couldn’t be any more instructive.

Origi has made 138 appearances for the Reds, meaning only 56 have come as a starter. He has completed a full match only 22 times.

Indeed, those previously mentioned goals against Everton and Tottenham both came after he was brought on during the second half.

This season, Origi has failed to make the matchday squad on only four occasions, not including the League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.

However, it has been a campaign of diminishing returns, without a Premier League goal since his brace against Everton in December and only three other goals all season.

And in his only start since the resumption last month, he was hauled off after an hour at home to Aston Villa.

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Since then, Origi was left on the bench against Brighton and Burnley and saw Takumi Minamino introduced first against Arsenal.

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Now 25, the Belgian is approaching a crossroads, despite penning a new deal barely 12 months ago.

While his exploits mean he will forever be loved by Liverpool supporters, Origi needs regular football – and perhaps the Reds need a different option to the established front three.

With the transfer window not closing until early October, nothing need be sorted in the immediate future.

But both Origi and Liverpool are facing some interesting decisions this summer.

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