Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Divock Origi Loan, Demarai Gray Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2015

Liverpool's Belgian forward Divock Origi eyes the ball during the group B, UEFA Europa League football match between Bordeaux vs Liverpool on September 17, 2015 at the Matmut Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux.  AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT        (Photo credit should read NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Norwich City will reportedly look to sign Divock Origi on loan from Liverpool in the January transfer window, with the young striker struggling to break into the first XI at Anfield.

According to Tuttomercatoweb (h/t Dan Gibbs of the Daily Express), the Canaries will offer Origi the chance to get some regular game time in the Premier League.

Turkish giants Fenerbahce, who have already taken Lazar Markovic on loan from Liverpool this season, are also reportedly keen on the Belgium international, according to Turkish publication Fanatik (h/t Alex Wood of the Daily Star).

Origi impressed at the 2014 World Cup and signed for Liverpool that summer from Lille before being loaned back to the French club last term. Here’s a look at what he is capable of:

With Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings ahead of Origi in the club’s pecking order, a temporary transfer may be exactly what the youngster needs to get up to speed with English football. Norwich are a decent team and a side that’d relish Origi’s dynamism at the point of their attack.

Divock Origi (C) of Liverpool fights for the ball with Luke Brattan (R) of the Brisbane Roar during the friendly football match between English Premier League side Liverpool and A-League side Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 17, 2015.

However, there’s definitely an argument for keeping Origi at the club. After all, Liverpool will have to cope with the added demands of Europa League football this season, a competition you’d imagine the Belgian getting a fair chance in. Factor in the injury currently being suffered by Benteke and Sturridge’s perennial fitness woes, it’d certainly be a gamble.

Football writer Dave O’Connell doesn’t think the former Lille man has been given requisite opportunities to show what he can do anyway:

Much is likely to depend on what scenario Liverpool find themselves in come January. The Reds could easily have three strikers fit and firing at that point in the campaign, but if there are fitness doubts over any, it’d be a surprise to see Origi let go temporarily. Perhaps he’ll be handed a chance to impress before the transfer window opens.

Liverpool Join Demarai Gray Race

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Demarai Gray of Birmingham City during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on September 22, 2015 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Ima
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool are apparently the latest Premier League club to join the race for Birmingham City starlet Demarai Gray, who could be available for as little as £3.5 million in the January transfer window.

According to the Liverpool Echo (h/t David Wright of the Daily Express) the 19-year-old’s release clause will drop to £3 million in the summer, but the Reds want to sign him mid-season. Wright notes that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Leicester City are also in the hunt for the Blues star.

Here’s a look at the kind of talent he would add to these top flight sides:

Gray certainly has the attributes to go a long way in the game. Typically deployed on the left flank for Birmingham, he loves to dart at opposition defenders, link-up with team-mates around the penalty area and thunder shots towards goal.

He seems like a young man ready to make the step up in class too. As noted by Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror, Gray was very impressive against Aston Villa in Birmingham’s recent League Cup tie:

Alex Richards @AA_Richards

Demarai Gray, so light, just seems to float across the ground. On the other side, Rudy Gestede moves as I imagine a 100-year oak would.

Liverpool could do with a player in their squad who plays in such a direct style. After the sale of Raheem Sterling this summer, only Jordon Ibe has the raw traits needed to push defenders on the back foot. It means that while the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana are fine players, the Reds can be a little one-dimensional in their build-up play.

Gray looks like a player ready to make a step up.
Gray looks like a player ready to make a step up.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Gray is the kind of winger who would add that vibrant quality, and for £3.5 million, Liverpool would be getting a major bargain. Although he’s still a little rough around the edges, the teenager seems set for the very top.

Provided his skills are channeled appropriately, he could potentially make an immediate impact at Anfield.