Origi has never truly broken into Jurgen Klopp‘s first team and Pearce believes that time could finally be up for the 25-year-old on Merseyside.
He said: “[There are] some huge decisions to make this summer. I think Origi will go and then you look at question marks obviously over [Xherdan] Shaqiri, over [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain.”
The Athletic‘s Liverpool reporter continued: “Getting a number nine in and replacing Origi with a much higher calibre striker, for me, is absolutely crucial as well.”
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One goal in 16 appearances across all competitions this season tells you all you need to know about where Liverpool are at with Origi right now.
Still valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, given his age, experience and contract status, the Reds could still demand a reasonable fee for the striker – one which could go towards funding Klopp’s targets.
Unfortunately for the Belgium international, who has become a cult hero on Merseyside, Diogo Jota’s impact on arrival has highlighted Origi’s failings, and the derby day hero might have left in January had the Portuguese winger been fit.