Player could leave Liverpool despite scoring every 78.6 minutes this season [Opinion]

Divock Origi has an uncertain future at Liverpool as he’s been short of fitness and playing time this season. The 26-year-old finds himself Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota in the pecking order and is out of contract in the coming months, so the writing appears to be on the wall.

The January transfer window closes on Monday evening but there are suitors interested in a deadline day deal – Burnley, Fiorentina, Atalanta. Whether Liverpool would allow him to leave and not give themselves time to locate a direct replacement remains to be seen, however.

Regardless, reports suggest this will be Origi’s last season on Merseyside. The 26-year-old’s contract will be automatically extended by 12 months if he starts certain number of Premier League games in 2021/22, but he hasn’t started in the league once.

The Belgian international joined Liverpool from LOSC Lille in 2014 and has gone on to make 167 appearances in all competitions, scoring 40 goals with 16 assists. Origi has been on the periphery this campaign, however, featuring in only 10/35 games across the board.

Despite the lack of playing time, Origi has scored an impressive five goals and boasts two assists, so he’s scoring every 78.6 minutes and contributing a goal every 56 minutes. Origi’s last appearance came in early December, however, as he’s currently sidelined with a knee injury, so he’s not been much use to Klopp.

Last season, the 26-year-old made only 17/52 appearances and amassed just 536 minutes of playing time from a possible 4680, so he’s been on the periphery for at least 18 months. It will be sad for supporters that Origi could be ending his eight-year stint at Anfield, but it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see him leave.

The Belgian has averaged a goal or assist every 121 minutes at Liverpool, so he’s been worth every penny of the £10m spent.