Liverpool don’t need to sign a striker this summer even if Divock Origi leaves, claims Danny Mills. The former England defender believes the addition of Luis Diaz in January is enough as the Reds already have Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmio competing for the striker spot.
Origi’s contract with Liverpool expires this summer and there have been no talks of a new deal. Reports suggest that several clubs across Europe are waiting for the Belgian to move soon.
While speaking with Football Insider, Mills was adamant that Liverpool didn’t need to splash the cash on a striker this summer. He thinks the players in the team are currently sufficient and Origi has never been good enough to play for the Anfield side.
“With Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, he doesn’t play enough games for a new player to be signed. I know he comes off the bench and scores important goals, but on the other hand, if Jurgen Klopp thought he was good enough to play him much more often from the start.
“He’s obviously a good boy to have, he obviously doesn’t cause any problems even if he doesn’t play regularly. He hasn’t given enough thought to start games and he probably thinks ‘You know what, I have J I won this, I won that, I scored important goals and I’m still not involved. Maybe it’s time to move on.”
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s Divock Origins
Divock Origi failed to land a starting role at Liverpool. However, he’s done well every time Klopp sent him on, and the manager has nothing but praise for the striker.
“(Origi) is an amazing striker and for different reasons he hasn’t played as often but hopefully one day he finds a manager who plays him more than me. He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life. In this great team, with our three (before), he doesn’t play all the time but he’s a very positive boy, he loves the club, wants to contribute and he has it done in an amazing way.”
AC Milan are believed to be leading the hunt for Origi at the moment, but The Athletic claim the Reds could extend the striker’s deal due to a clause in his contract.