Darren Bent has urged Liverpool to sell “cult hero” Divock Origi during the January transfer window.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted it is the perfect time for the Belgium international to leave Anfield after all he has achieved on Merseyside.
As reported by ESPN, the Reds are open to offers for the 25-year-old, as well as Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri, and any funds picked up could go on signing a new defender.
Origi has written his name into Liverpool folklore with crucial goals in both the Premier League and in Europe on the way to the league title and the Champions League trophy.
However, he has been very much a bit-part player under Jurgen Klopp and has just one minute of top-flight game time under his belt this season.
Bent has suggested that January would be the ideal time to let the centre-forward leave Anfield for the good of his own career and insisted he would still be welcomed back to Liverpool if he turned out for the oppsotion.
Bent told Football Insider: “Is he only 25? Listen, you are talking about a cult hero down there at Liverpool, and I think now, he’s only 25, is definitely the time for him to go and get some games
“Listen, he can’t achieve any more than he’s achieved in Liverpool. He’s won the Premier League with them, he’s won the Champions League, he’s played big roles in Champions League semi-finals, the Champions League final, scoring goals, scoring goals in Merseyside Derbies, winners.
“He will go down forever as a cult hero at Liverpool, the Liverpool fans will never, ever forget him.
“He will go down as an absolute fans’ favourite and I think when he leaves there, whenever he goes back there and plays against Liverpool, he’ll get standing ovations, the Liverpool fans absolutely love him but I think for his own development, it’s now time for him to go.
“Go somewhere and go and play football. Even though he’s played a lot of games off the bench, he will be a hero more than some starters at that football club, because of what he’s done for the club.
“I think now, Liverpool fans will wish him the best, it’s about time he goes, he’s only 25, still really, really young, he’s not even hit his prime yet. It’s time to go out there, play some games, get back scoring goals, get back in the national team, and go from there. We know he’s got ability, he’s got talent, but I don’t think he can achieve any more at Liverpool than he’s already achieved.”
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