Liverpool striker Divock Origi open to permanent Wolfsburg transfer

Date published: Monday 8th January 2018 12:25 - Matthew Briggs

Liverpool loan ranger Divock Origi says he could turn his Wolfsburg loan into a permanent transfer.

The 22-year-old forward joined the Bundesliga side on loan for the season in the summer and he has scored four goals from 12 starts in the league this season.

Wolfsburg say they have been speaking to Liverpool over making Origi’s loan a permanent deal and the player has welcomed the news.

Belgium international Origi signed from Lille for £10million in July 2014 and he is under contract at Anfield under 2019. But with his deal running down, this summer would represent the best chance Liverpool have of recouping any money for Origi.

Origi though, who has been happy to play in a central role for Wolfsburg, is happy to bide his time over his future.

“I take that as a compliment that the club rates me,” said Origi. “Several factors play a role. I am someone who is enjoying the moment.

“I think everything’s possible. I focus on the here and now. I have a good relationship with Liverpool, but feel really well here at Wolfsburg. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, and talk we’ll see what’s next. Right now, I am here for another six months, and I am open for everything.”

Mario Gomez’s return to Stuttgart may well give Origi more opportunities to play as a centre-forward.

“I have always said that I prefer playing as a No. 9,” Origi added. “I am just more productive in the centre of attack.”

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