Liverpool star Origi wanted by Dortmund ahead of summer

By Wayne Veysey

17th Mar, 2021 | 6:45am

Sources: Borussia Dortmund plot Origi raid as Liverpool set surprise price tag

Borussia Dortmund are keeping tabs on Liverpool striker Divock Origi ahead of the summer, Football Insider understands.

The Belgium international’s Anfield future is up in the air on the back of a wretched campaign in which he has scored just once and barely played.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that German big guns Dortmund are among the clubs plotting a cut-price raid for Origi.

The forward’s valuation has plummeted in a campaign in which he has barely moved from the fringes despite being fit and available most of the time.

With transfer fees set to nosedive further this summer, a bid of as little as £12m could be enough to persuade Liverpool to sell.

The Merseysiders were asking for around £20m for Origi in January but there was no club willing to pay that.

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He has three more years remaining on the contract signed in the summer of 2019 following his remarkable finish to the previous season that established his place in Anfield folklore.

The Champions League and Premier League winner has struggled to hit the same heights since.

He scored six goals and supplied four assists from 42 matches last season – most of them sub appearances – but has plummeted down the pecking order this term.

Origi has made just two Premier League starts among 17 appearances, with only 536 minutes of game time.

He has barely been trusted despite the scratchy form of the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for most of the season.

Origi was not in the squad for Monday’s 1-0 win at Wolves as Diogo Jota – the man who has forced the Belgian further down the pecking order – scored the game’s only goal.

In other news, a blockbuster Liverpool player transfer is nearly “done” after offer tabled.