Michael Brown has urged Divock Origi to seek out a move away from Liverpool in January after playing a “bit-part” role at Anfield this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder insisted the 25-year-old cannot afford to wait around for opportunities after getting a “taste” of first-team football in recent years.
As reported by ESPN, Liverpool would be open to offers for the Belgium international, as well as Xherdan Shaqiri, during the January transfer window and any funds raised could go towards signing a new defender.
Origi, who is valued at £14.4million by the transfer site Transfermarkt, has struggled for game time at Anfield this term with just three starts, all of which came in cup competitions, from five appearances.
His only Premier League outing came as an 89th-minute substitute against Leicester, while he has been left as an unused substitute for a further six top-flight games.
With opportunities limited thanks to the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota, Brown has suggested it is time for Origi to move on and not resign himself to being a “super sub”.
Brown told Football Insider: “He’s had such a taste of it, hasn’t he? He’s had a taste for it, of big things, big nights, scoring goals, critical goals.
“He’ll want to have that so it’s only for so long can you sit there and just be a bit-part player and ultimately it will come to that.
“You could say well, we’ve seen super subs at the likes of Manchester United, for instance, over the years, someone was happy doing that and coming on but there’s not many who can do that.”
Origi has played a total of 145 times for Liverpool, with 35 goals and 13 assists under his belt.
Of his appearances for the Reds, 85 have come from the substitutes’ bench.
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