By Darren Bent

23rd Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

Origi urged to quit Liverpool next month

Wolves-linked Divock Origi has been told by Darren Bent it is now the perfect time to quit Liverpool after sealing his place in the club’s folklore.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England striker claimed the Belgium international needs to be the “main man” at another club rather than an Anfield fringe forward.

Origi is being linked with a January move, with Schalke reportedly working on a swap deal involving highly-rated defender Ozan Kabak.

But there are also Premier League teams in the hunt, with Daily Mail reporting that Wolves have reignited their interest.

Eagle-eyed Liverpool fans added fuel to the fire when they spied that Origi had removed any suggestion of the club from his Twitter account.

“He cannot possibly achieve any more at Liverpool than he’s achieved,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“He’s a cult hero he’s scored in Champions League semi-finals, he scored in Champions League finals, he scored in a Merseyside Derby. He’s won the Champions League, he’s won the Premier League.

“There’s nothing really more that you can achieve at Liverpool. So for me, it’s about him now going on elsewhere. Going and playing football and enjoying himself, being someone’s main man and centre-forward and scoring goals.

“So I think that’s what you need to do from now on. So, Liverpool fans will never ever forget what he’s done for that football club and he needs to remember that. So for me, I would definitely go and play football elsewhere.

“He’s 25 years old still quite young, he needs to be out there now playing football.”

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were dealt a devastating blow when they heard talismanic striker Raul Jimenez was out for the long-term following a head injury sustained away to Arsenal.

Origi has been tabled as a possible stand-in, though Salomon Rondon has also been linked.

In other news, an ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers defender has joined a fourth-tier side in a bid to reignite his career.