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Liverpool open to cashing in on expendable first-team star this summer

Liverpool are reportedly ready to entertain offers for out-of-favour first-team striker Divock Origi this summer.

The 25-year-old has scored some memorable goals for the reigning Premier League champions. However, he has started just two league outings for the Reds this season.

With Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota all ahead of him in the pecking order, the Daily Mail reports that the Reds are ready to try and cash in on the forward.

Liverpool will expect to receive a sizeable sum for the Belgian, who is under contract until 2024. The report adds that several European clubs are showing an interest, but does not state who they are.

Origi’s only goal this season came in September’s 7-2 thrashing of Lincoln City in the EFL Cup. However, he did make an impact off the bench for Sadio Mane’s goal at RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

The former Lille forward his notched 35 goals and added 14 assists in 157 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s men since signing in 2014.

He is mostly rembered for his late Merseyside derby winner against Everton and bagging a brace in Liverpool’s remarkable Champions League comeback win over Barcelona.

He also famously notched the second goal as the Reds claimed their sixth European crown against Tottenham in 2019.


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Liverpool given boost on defender hunt

Liverpool may be able to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate for less than originally thought and have a secret weapon in their quest for his signature.

Konate, 21, has been attracting a great deal of attention this season despite an injury-ravaged campaign. The rangy centre-back has made only nine Bundesliga appearances and 15 in all competitions.

Hip and ankle problems have held him back but he is in demand, with several Premier League clubs linked. Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United have all been mentioned in connection with the France Under-21 ace.

But it is the Reds who reportedly hold all the aces in the race to sign him this summer. Liverpool’s need for defensive help has been well documented, with Virgil van Dijk’s absence sorely felt this term.

Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have also been missing for large parts of the season. It has finally caught up with the champions, who are languishing in eighth position after losing six consecutive home games.

It seems inevitable that Jurgen Klopp will look to reinforce his rearguard in the off-season. Konate could be the answer and reports in the Sunday World suggest they might land him for as little at £34m.

READ MORE: Klopp reassures January signing of future plans amid slow Liverpool start

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