According to James Pearce of The Athletic, Liverpool will consider offers for Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi before the January transfer window slams shut. The news follows reports that Liverpool have reached an agreement with Porto to sign Luis Diaz.
In previous windows, Liverpool have been a sell to buy club, making it no surprise that they could be ready to instantly recoup the €60 million fee set to be paid for Diaz.
With the potential arrival of the winger, too, there’s a case to be made about whether Jurgen Klopp needs both Minamino and Origi. If the right offer comes in, it would come as no shock to see either player depart.
Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi Could Leave Liverpool
When taking a look at the numbers, both Origi and Minamino haven’t had bad seasons. Far from it. Both have reached expectations, and have had moments to savour, therefore fulfilling the role of backup.
In 732 minutes this season, which is the equivalent of just over eight games, Minamino has scored six goals and assisted one other. Meanwhile, in just 393 minutes – the equivalent of just over four games – Origi has scored five goals and assisted a further two so far this season.
So, although they are not able to directly compete with Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane, they are, at the very least, able to provide some form of cover. It could come down to a decision; a choice between the two. Or, it could depend who the right offer comes in for.
Looking at the Premier League, a handful of clubs could do with the quality of both players. Someone of Divock Origi’s big game calibre could lead a team to safety. Meanwhile, get the best out of Minamino, and there’s the potential to discover a hidden gem.
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