Ligue 1 outfit ready to pay £13.8m for £25.000-a-week Liverpool forward

Can Liverpool smell what Divock is cooking?

One would suggest either they cannot, or that they are not too keen on the stench. The Reds might be in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, but their forward line is so strong that players are missing out on ample opportunities.

Chief among them is Divock Origi. The £25.000-a-week striker was on the bench for Liverpool’s first three games of the season, earning a nine-minute cameo against Watford on the opening day, and wasn’t even in the matchday squad to face Hoffenheim earlier this week. It seems that sitting behind Dominic Solanke in the queue is a step too far.

According to Marseille Mercato, a seemingly new addition to the extensive Mercato family, Origi has been identified as a potential Marseille signing. The Ligue Un club have failed to persuade Olivier Giroud to come home, and so another Premier League forward partial to the bench is being touted.

Origi is reported to be ‘afraid for his place’ in Belgium’s squad for the 2018 World Cup as a result of his lack of time on the pitch at Liverpool. It is suggested that £13.8m will be offered. The Reds signed him for £10m in 2014.