Liverpool May Use Striker as Bait in Part-Exchange Deal for £56m Serie A Duo

Liverpool’s Belgian striker Divock Origi could be used in a deal that would see Lazio duo Keita Baldé and Stefan de Vrij swap Rome for Merseyside.

The 22-year-old is still yet to really establish himself as a first choice in Jürgen Klopp’s team, despite making 34 Premier League appearances this season.

Origi moved to Liverpool in 2014 after an exciting World Cup campaign that announced himself to the wider football world.

Despite only being with the club for two full seasons, after returning to Lille on loan for a year, Liverpool could use the forward in a deal to convince Lazio to sell their star duo Keita Baldé and Stefan de Vrij this summer, according to Italian paper Il Messaggero, via Sport Witness.

22-year-old Keita has long appeared an exciting talent, and when he left the Barcelona youth system to join Lazio it looked as if he’d get his chance to shine on the left-hand side of the attack.

However, 11 of Keita’s 16 Serie A goals this season have come from when the £26m-rated Senegalese international has played through the middle. Particularly in the latter weeks of the season, Keita really announced himself as a striker that can challenge Ciro Immobile as the main man at the Stadio Olympico.

Dutch international de Vrij suffered a metatarsal injury earlier this season, keeping him out of action from late October till mid-December. The 25-year-old defender did take part in 31 games for Lazio across all competitions this season, scoring two goals and assisting another three.

Despite not being the most physically imposing defender, de Vrij is known for being able read the game in front of him as well as anyone. The £30m-rated Dutchman could be a welcome addition to a Liverpool defence that needs strengthening, and has previously been linked with Premier League champions Chelsea.

There are no concrete details attached to the report, but it is suggested that Liverpool may look to cash in on Origi, who has just two years left on his contract, in order to secure cover for other weaker areas of the squad.