Liverpool cult legend Divock Origi has made his return to the Premier League after he signed for Nottingham Forest on a loan deal on transfer deadline day [via Fabrizio Romano on Twitter].
His deal at Forest includes an option to buy clause for around £3.8 million, though it is unknown as to whether the Tricky Trees will exercise this. Furthermore, they will also cover 100% of his wage bill at AC Milan during his stint at the City Ground.
In Romano’s tweet, he wrote: “Divock Origi has just completed formal steps of his move to Nottingham Forest with stadium presentation. Loan deal includes buy option clause. €4.5m buy clause not mandatory. Salary 100% covered by Forest. Deadline Day move, sealed.”
Could Divock Origi still fit into the Liverpool team?
As beloved as he is, Liverpool have largely moved beyond the Belgian international at this stage. He could theoretically be an effective player from the bench, but he would not fit their style of play over the course of 90 minutes.
Jurgen Klopp’s style requires a forward who can drop deep to receive the ball and contribute to build up play, as well as be a constant goal threat. While Origi is excellent at playing off the shoulder of the last man, his technical ability and general play leaves a lot to be desired.
Should he ever return to Liverpool, it would be a popular signing and would likely drive shirt sales – but it is unlikely that his impact would extend beyond this.
Why is Origi such a cult figure at Anfield?
Origi was never the biggest of goalscorers during his time at Liverpool – he did, however, have a penchant for scoring major goals in crucial games.
Perhaps the most famous was his brace against Barcelona – he, alongside Georginio Wijnaldum, propelled the Reds to a dramatic comeback in the Champions League semi-final after being 3-0 down in the first leg.
He went on to score the winning goal in the Champions League final that season. Liverpool took on Spurs in the finale of the tournament, winning by a comfortable margin of 2-0 in an uneventful – but nonetheless historic – encounter.