Lens planning shock move for £60,000-a-week Liverpool striker

Divock Origi could be on the move in winter, with many clubs expressing an interest in the striker, while Ligue 1 team Lens are looking like firm favourites. Belgium international was expected to leave the Merseyside giants in the summer but stayed put after no moves materialised.

Divock joined the Reds back in 2014 after successful spells, first with Genk’s and later with Lille’s youth systems. Origi was then considered a great prospect and brought in promise for the future. However, things at Anfield have not gone to plan for the 27-year-old striker, who is struggling with minimal game time.

The German manager has never been shy to praise the Belgian striker for his displays, but Jurgen Klopp is helpless in not picking him regularly with the centre-forward options he has at his disposal. Origi has never rattled the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino.

At the same time, the arrival of Diogo Jota last summer pushed him further down the pecking order. Divock cemented his place in the Reds folklore after being one of the heroes of the extraordinary comeback at Anfield with Barcelona.

After that, Origi scored the Reds’ second goal in the UCL final with Tottenham. Divock also played a bit-part role in the club’s PL triumph. Lens coach Franck Haise likes Origi very much and reportedly urged his club to make a move as soon as January.

The reported price tag quoted is about €12m, which is significantly lower than Liverpool’s asking price in the summer. The higher valuation could be just for PL sides in general.