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Sport 'There's an acceptance' - James Pearce claims Liverpool will 'upgrade' £14.4m-rated ace

22:42  03 march  2021
22:42  03 march  2021 Source:   thisisfutbol.com

James Pearce urges Liverpool to sign alternative to Roberto Firmino

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The Athletic’s James Pearce believes that Divock Origi’s place in the squad could be under threat during this summer’s transfer window.

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The Belgian forward has found game time hard to come by this season, making only 16 appearances in all competitions, of which six of them were starts.

Origi, valued at £14.4m on Transfermarkt, has forged a career for himself as being Liverpool’s go-to man either late in games or when the main forwards were unavailable, but just hasn’t been able to keep that form up this season, partly perhaps due to the emergence of players like Diogo Jota before his injury.

James Pearce reveals issue that "has to be addressed" by Jurgen Klopp

  James Pearce reveals issue that Roberto Firmino has to be replaced as Liverpool’s first-choice striker this summer, according to The Athletic‘s James Pearce. The Reds are in a dismal run of form currently, losing four Premier League matches in a row and drifting out of the top four. Firmino has been a key reason for Liverpool’s slump, scoring just once in his last 14 appearances. Speaking on The Red Agenda podcast, Pearce feels it is a key area Jurgen Klopp must address in the summer transfer window: “That is a glaring weakness in the squad that has to be addressed this summer. They have to go and sign a number nine. Not necessarily to replace Firmino, but just to be able to rotate him more often.

And speaking on the latest edition of the Red Agenda podcast, Pearce, whilst talking about Liverpool’s plans for the summer, insisted that the club are likely to look for someone who can provide a better option for them to come off the bench.

He said: “Well, I think there’s an acceptance there will be changes in that striking department this summer. I’d be amazed if Divock Origi was still at Liverpool next season.

“I think they will have to upgrade Origi this summer, regardless; getting Jota back fit will be massive for the coming months in terms of finishing this season off brightly.

“I still think they need another goalscorer, another high-calibre option up there, because [Roberto] Firmino has struggled this season, he hasn’t been able to have the rotation that he probably has needed because of Jota being out for three months.

‘Even the youngsters can’t escape’, ‘Cursed’ – Many LFC fans fume over James Pearce injury news

  ‘Even the youngsters can’t escape’, ‘Cursed’ – Many LFC fans fume over James Pearce injury news Many Liverpool fans have been reacting to a further injury setback to add to the club’s already overcrowded treatment room. The Athletic journalist James Pearce revealed on Wednesday that U23s attacker Jack Bearne would not take any further part in the 2020/21 campaign after undergoing ankle surgery to repair ligament damage, which was picked up […]The Athletic journalist James Pearce revealed on Wednesday that U23s attacker Jack Bearne would not take any further part in the 2020/21 campaign after undergoing ankle surgery to repair ligament damage, which was picked up during a training session in Kirkby.

“And also, I think Klopp knows that when he looks at that bench and he sees Origi that he hasn’t really got someone in Origi anymore who can come on and really impact a game positively.”

TIF Thoughts on James Pearce’s comments about Divock Origi…

Pearce is right when it comes to his assessment of the situation. If we are to assume that the Liverpool front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah remains, then the likelihood is that Jota will be the next man up to either come off the bench or replace one of them if they are injured or suspended.

This leaves Origi realistically fighting it out with Takumi Minamino to be fifth-choice. So with the Belgian being in the prime of his career at the age of 25, it does make sense to cash in on him now when he’s still got some value, invest that in the rest of the squad, and let him carry on his career elsewhere.

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