By Kevin Phillips

10th Jan, 2022 | 1:30pm

Pundit reacts to 'surprising' Liverpool development after 'crazy' Origi update

Kevin Phillips has claimed letting Divock Origi leave Liverpool without a replacement would be “crazy”.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Merseyside club would be “down to the barebones” without the 26-year-old.

According to the Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards (6 January), Origi has been slapped with a price tag of just £7million by Liverpool, with the Belgian a target for strugglers Newcastle.

The former Lille striker has scored five goals in 10 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term.

Phillips insisted he would be “very surprised” if “go-to man” Origi were to leave without a replacement.

He told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “It does seem a little bit crazy, but who am I to argue with Klopp?

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“He’s been the go-to man off the bench, in the cup games, so I’m surprised that they would let him go without a replacement.

“There’s a long way to go in this window and we’ll just have to wait and see, but from the manager’s point of view – Mane and Salah have gone, so you’re down to the barebones.

“I’d be very surprised if Origi went without anyone coming in.”

31-cap Belgium international Origi has netted 40 goals in 167 games for Liverpool since joining the club in 2014.

The striker is out of contract at the end of this season.

Liverpool are currently without forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The free-scoring pair are on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

The Reds sit 11 points off league leaders Man City ahead of their next league game against Brentford.

In other news, Liverpool tipped to sign ‘world-class’ midfielder after Ornstein reveal.