Leeds, Villa could be tempting options for bit-part Liverpool star, says pundit

Date published: Wednesday 12th August 2020 2:37

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Divock Origi could be tempted to quit Liverpool this summer to get more game time at Leeds or Aston Villa, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland striker thinks Origi might be looking to move after winning the Champions League and Premier League in consecutive seasons.

The 25-year-old scored in last season’s Champions League win over Spurs, but his chances have been limited this season. In fact the forward has started just seven Premier League games. And with little prospect of displacing Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s forward line he might look to move on.

“I do not think he would want to leave Liverpool and go to a team that could be scrapping for survival again next season but I could be wrong,” he told Football Insider.

“Divock has been there for a while and he might be fed up with being on the fringes.

“He has won the Champions League and the Premier League and now he might just want to go and play football.

 

 

“When you go to somewhere like Villa or Leeds from Liverpool you expect to be playing virtually every game. That might be in the player’s thoughts.”

Origi is out of contract in 2024 and recently admitted he would be happy to spend another season on the Liverpool bench.

Wijnaldum worry

A big-money bid though could tempt Liverpool’s hand for Origi, who has spent time on loan at Lille and Wolfsburg during his Liverpool career.

Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum’s camp are still waiting for Liverpool to open talks about a new contract at Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.

The midfield powerhouse made 35 Premier League starts, scoring four times as the Reds marched to their first top-flight title in 30 years.

Although failing to trouble the headline writers and plaudits, Wijnaldum has been integral to Liverpool’s title success.

And he is believed to be well liked by boss Jurgen Klopp after he arrived from Newcastle for £25million in the summer of 2016. In fact he was one of Klopp’s first significant signings in the summer of 2016.

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