Five forwards who could replace Divock Origi at Liverpool

With Divock Origi’s Liverpool future under increasing doubt, SAM JONES looks at some of the players the Reds could look at to replace him in the summer.

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As time has gone on, frustration has grown towards Belgian striker Divock Origi.

Origi has been at the centre of many of the most famous moments in the club’s recent history. These include his winner against Everton in 2018, a goal to seal victory in the Champions League final – and who could forget his role in the “corner taken quickly” moment when the Reds knocked Barcelona out en route to Madrid.

However, despite playing in 12 matches this season, Origi has scored just one goal and even that was against League One side Lincoln in the Carabao Cup.

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When on the pitch he can often look ineffective and lethargic, something proven by his barren run in front of goal.

Origi could have changed all perceptions of him in the game against Burnley, but he hit what should have been a simple one-on-one straight onto the crossbar, denying the Reds a chance to take the lead.

It’s because of this then that many fans are calling for the Belgian to be replaced, but who could be brought in as an alternative?

Patson Daka – RB Salzburg

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A 22-year-old Zambia forward who plays for RB Salzburg, Daka is a prolific goal scorer in Austria, scoring 13 in as many matches in the league as well as five goals in four appearances in the cup.

His total of 24 league goals last season is more than Origi has managed in his entire Liverpool career (19), despite playing 99 league games for the Reds.

Daka is also a good presser, completing 4.7 successful pressures per game and 2.1 tackles and interceptions in the Champions League.

Valued at just €20m on transfermarkt, Daka would be an affordable option with plenty of potential for the Reds. He may even be good enough to become a first-team regular in coming years.

Matheus Cunha – Hertha Berlin

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Matheus Cunha is a 21-year-old Brazilian forward who is currently playing in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin. Despite his young age, Cunha has played first team football in Germany since 2018, giving him a good amount of first team experience at a high level.

Scoring six goals this season in a struggling side shows his goal-scoring instinct.

Currently completing 5.4 pressures a game as well as 2.6 tackles and interceptions per 90, Cunha has all the qualities that Jürgen Klopp loves in a forward.

Cunha is also the scorer of one of the most outrageous goals you’ll see, where he spun a defender before chipping the ‘keeper as if he wasn’t even there.

He’s valued at €30m on transfermarkt, €10m more than Daka, but Cunha does bring top-league experience that Daka lacks so could be a better option overall.

Bryan Gil – Sevilla (on loan at Eibar)

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Somewhat of an outside shout is 19-year-old forward Bryan Gil of Eibar. The teenager is a bit of an unknown quantity outside of Spain but he is a versatile attacker capable of playing down the middle or on either wing.

Bryan has scored three goals and got two assists this season, playing for 17th placed Eibar in La Liga on loan from European regulars Sevilla.

Currently completing 4.7 pressures per 90 and 3.3 tackles and interceptions, Bryan is lively in attack and likes to win the ball back high up the pitch. A very technically-able player, Bryan could be great at breaking up play and causing problems for Premier League full-backs.

Valued at just €15m, Bryan could be a cheap option for the club and would represent great value for money.

Wout Weghorst – VFL Wolfsburg

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Wout Weghorst represents something very different, but could be exactly what Liverpool have been calling out for. At 6ft 5in, the Dutchman is a man-mountain who is amazing in the air – something the Reds lack in the front line.

The Reds have two very good crossers of the ball in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, but at the moment have no tall attacking players for them to play the ball too. Too often Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are asked to compete in the air with players who are much taller than him.

Liverpool’s full-backs tend to cross the ball a lot, with pinpoint accuracy something that Weghorst would thrive upon. He could be used as a weapon off the bench and would be great at grabbing those last-minute goals the Reds have often lacked in recent times.

He has scored 14 times in the Bundesliga this season, and his valuation remains high at around €30m. But despite the high cost, Weghorst could be worth a look, even if Origi is to stay on Merseyside.

Paul Glatzel – Liverpool u23

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A simple, cheap solution for the Reds could be to promote young German forward Paul Glatzel to the first team. He has been a regular at youth level for a few years now, winning the FA Youth Cup back in 2018.

The German attacker has been very prolific in the past while playing for the u18 side and is now finding his feet with the u23s. He suffered a horrible injury a while back but has since returned to action.

Glatzel has been praised by captain Jordan Henderson and is said to be one of those who is highly thought-of by coaches at Kirkby. He would be the most convenient option for the Reds, but not necessarily the best.

There is no doubt that he will be a good option in the future, but at 19 he may not be ready for his big break just yet.

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