Klopp to offload first-team speed machine but Liverpool want to sign 23-year-old first - Telegraph
By Harry Sykes
Jurgen Klopp is willing to offload Divock Origi before next Thursday’s transfer deadline if Liverpool can sign a new player first with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain top of their list, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Merseysiders are ready to sanction the exit of Origi in what is most likely to be a loan after he slipped down the first-team pecking order.
It is said that Tottenham are waiting in the wings to sign the explosively quick striker, while there is also interest from Marseille and Anderlecht.
Origi was not even on the bench for Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier victory over Hoffenheim this week because Klopp preferred Daniel Sturridge and youngster Dominic Solanke as his substitute strikers, with Roberto Firmino the first-choice line leader of the manager.
The Telegraph report that Liverpool have a number of targets before the 31 August transfer window cut-off, including Arsenal contract rebel Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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Chelsea are also keen to sign the England international, 23, who has snubbed the Gunners’ attempts to tie him to a new deal before his current agreement expires next summer.
Origi has featured for just three minutes of Liverpool’s opening four fixtures of the season and his status was apparent with Klopp’s selection for Wednesday’s 4-2 win against Hoffenheim.
In total, the 23-times Belgium international has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Leeds are overwhelming favourites to sign an Anfield first-team player by next Thursday.