KEY POINTS

  • Divock Origi is contracted with Liverpool until 2024
  • Liverpool had labeled Origi with a $27 million price tag in January
  • He has made only nine league appearances this season for Liverpool

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly chasing Liverpool FC forward Divock Origi ahead of the summer transfer window.

Despite being fit and available, Origi has hardly played competitive soccer for Liverpool in the ongoing campaign. He has made a total of 17 first-team appearances in 2020-21, which includes only nine league games. He has scored just once that had come in a League Cup fixture. Due to a disrupted season, Dortmund are certain that they can sign Origi for a cut-price, reported soccer website Football Insider.

During the January transfer window, Liverpool had labeled Origi with a transfer fee of around $27 million, which no club was willing to match. It was also reported that Origi could be loaned to Belgian club Brugge but that deal also did not happen eventually. In order to make space in their wage structure, Liverpool are expected to accept a lowered fee for Origi and according to Football Insider, Dortmund are certain that they can acquire the Belgian forward for a price as low as $18 million.

Origi had a terrific 2018-19 season, where he had quite a few important goals, including the ones in the semi-final and final of Liverpool's successful Champions League campaign. As a reward, the Reds had offered a new contract to Origi in the summer of 2019 and as per that, the 25-year-old is contracted with Liverpool until 2024.

Unfortunately, ever since, he has struggled to replicate the same performances. In Liverpool’s Premier League winning season in 2019-20, Origi played only 28 league games, where he managed four goals and three assists. While Jurgen Klopp believed he could be an ideal back-up for his front-three, Origi has not been able to live up to the responsibility.

Out of the nine Premier League appearances in the current season, Origi has had only two starts and clearly fallen down the pecking order, especially in the presence of Portuguese forward Diogo Jota.

Divock Origi failed to take his chance on a rare Premier League start
Divock Origi is contracted with Liverpool FC until 2024. POOL / Jon Super

Origi was not even on the bench for Liverpool’s latest league outing, which was against Wolves. While the Reds managed to win the game 1-0, the lone goal was scored by Jota.

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