By The Don – @donkopleone
Liverpool striker Divock Origi has been linked with a surprise move to North London, as Tottenham look to cover for the absences of forwards Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.
Spurs look very short of firepower, with England captain Kane set for a spell on the sidelines having suffered ankle ligament damage last weekend.
His natural replacement, the South Korean Son, is bound to international duty at the Asian Cup.
In fact, it would appear that former Spain international Fernando Llorente is the Lilywhites’ only fit centre forward, and he has just one Premier League goal to his name after 18 months with the side.
If Tottenham were to look to recruit some cover, Matt Law of The Telegraph believes Origi could be their top target.
“Origi is the right age and profile,” Law writes, before noting that the Belgian’s contract at Anfield is due to expire in June 2020.
Despite very few appearances, Origi has made his mark for Liverpool this season. From just 163 competitive minutes, the 23-year-old has registered two goals and one assist, including his famous 96th minute winner in the Merseyside derby.
With Origi having proved his worth as a squad player, the £25 million asking price that was set for him last summer would be unlikely to be reduced.
And having already sold Dominic Solanke for a similar sum this window- Jurgen Klopp will surely want to keep every striking option that remains at his disposal.
However, Liverpool are unlikely to send reinforcements to a club who are supposedly rivalling them in the title race – although the gap between the Reds and Tottenham has now been stretched to nine points.