Liverpool news: Reds make Divock Origi transfer demand to Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund have shown interest in out-of-favour Origi given their lack of established No 9 options with just Maximilian Philipp and Alexander Isak, with just one Bundesliga start, to pick from up top.

That’s after the German giants lost star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal back in January. They brought in Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea with Origi’s compatriot netting seven goals in 10 games last term.

But Batshuayi has been sent to Valencia in La Liga for the current campaign and Dortmund are now reportedly in talks with Liverpool for Origi as they chase a new man to lead their attack for 2018-19 before the August 31 transfer window deadline. 

And the Daily Telegraph say that in order for Origi to join Dortmund this summer, they must agree to sign the 23-year-old in a year’s time regardless of how well or not he performs at the Westfalenstadion on loan.

Liverpool are thought to want around £27million for Origi this summer despite his unsuccessful loan spell with Wolfsburg last season and the fact that he will be on the periphery of Klopp’s squad this term if he does not depart Anfield.

But according to the Telegraph, Origi has just two years remaining on his contract at Liverpool and the Reds are reluctant to be left in a sticky situation next summer.

They could be forced into selling at lower than Origi’s market value or even worse, could risk losing him for nothing another 12 months after that. 

The circumstances could see Liverpool agree a deal similar to the one struck with Southampton for Danny Ings. 

Their agreement with the Saints sees their fellow top-flight club take the striker on an initial year-long loan that will become a £20million permanent move – inclusive of £2m in add-ons – as of July 1 next year.

The Telegraph add that Origi would be open to a move to Dortmund but also believe that the Belgium international is confident of earning himself a spot in Klopp’s plans.

That’s despite Roberto Firmino being a guaranteed starter under the German manager as long as he’s fit with Daniel Sturridge having made himself the first-choice back-up after an impressive pre-season. 

Klopp also has England youngster Dominic Solanke to call upon while precocious teenager Rhian Brewster is expected to break into the first-team fore once he returns from injury before the new year.

Origi failed to grasp his chance throughout Liverpool’s friendly programme with the forward having been deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside after struggling to impress.

Liverpool have informed the player that if the right offer arrives then he will be free to leave despite his intent to prove himself to the club.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Origi rejected a move to newly-promoted Wolves earlier this summer when the Midlands outfit were prepared to pay £22m up front with more in add-ons.

Origi has made 77 appearances, scoring 21 goals, across two full seasons at Liverpool. He joined the Premier League side in a £10m move from Lille after the 2014 World Cup but returned to France on a season-long loan after that.

Origi has failed to ever really recover from an ankle injury sustained in April 2016, which curtailed Origi’s best run of form in a Liverpool shirt. 

His goalscoring run then ironically involved efforts home and away against Dortmund in a Europa League quarter-final tie.