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Sport report from Belgium: Origi open to winter loan to preserve EM chances

21:25  29 october  2020
21:25  29 october  2020 Source:   90min.de

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Divock Origi is and remains a hero on the Mersey. In Liverpool's offensive hierarchy, however, the Belgian has slipped noticeably in the current season. There are again rumors about a loan from the attacker - also because the EM is coming up in summer 2021.

Origi stand in der Champions League gegen Midtjylland in der Startelf | Pool/Getty Images © Provided by 90min Origi started the Champions League against Midtjylland | Pool / Getty Images

After a strong 2014 World Cup, Liverpool FC signed Divock Origi for almost 13 million euros from Lille in the summer of 2014. The Belgian attacker was never able to really prevail against the Reds. On loan it went back to Lille and later for a year to the VfL Wolfsburg , where Origi was only able to prevent relegation with the Wolves.

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Back on Merseyside, Origi didn't get a regular seat. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old found his role in the Klopp team: as an important joker! Time and again Origi was the match winner for Liverpool (keywords: Everton, Barça).

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Also in the current season, Origi is still in the shadow of Liverpool's storm trio Firmino, Mané and Salah. In addition, there was further competition with Minamino (last winter) and especially Diogo Jotta. In the Premier League, not a single minute of action jumped out, in the Champions League Origi was allowed to play from the start on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, the Belgian seems to have slipped further down the hierarchy from the top joker. With the European Championship coming up next summer, this is not a good situation for the quick attacker, whose contract was only extended to 2024 last summer.

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There are now rumors from Belgium that Origi is aiming for a loan in winter. The Belgian soccer portal Voetbal 24 writes that Origi is open to a loan so as not to slip further in the favor of national coach Roberto Martinez. In September Origi was missing from the Red Devil squad, in October he came back, but was not used.

Voetbal Nieuws also brings a potential buyer into play: Dortmund's Champions League group opponent Club Bruges. The Belgians were interested in a loan as early as the summer. In Bruges, Origi would certainly get the necessary minutes to be able to recommend himself for a place in Belgium's EM squad.

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