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As reported, exclusively on LFCTransferRoom, Divock Origi has been linked with a move away from Liverpool to Fenerbache

Since the story broke on January 7th there has been much debate as to whether Liverpool should attempt to keep a hold of the Belgian striker, or whether he should be allowed to leave the club. 

Additionally, with Origi rumoured to want more game time, and other teams such as Newcastle and West Ham said to be sniffing around the striker, it looks increasingly likely that Origi could depart Anfield this January. 

This is the wrong decision, and here's why. 

I will be the first to admit that at times, Divock Origi can be incredibly frustrating. During his time on Merseyside there have been some lacklustre performances that have made many fans favour Origi departing the club. 

However, for all of those highly frustrating moments, there have been some equally magical ones. 

Who could forget moments such as the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, where Origi scored two on the night, including converting Trent Alexander-Arnold's quickly taken corner to make it 4-0 on the night. 

Or in the resulting Champions League final, where in a camo off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur, Origi struck to give the Reds a two-goal cushion late on, taking the game away from Spurs once and for all, and securing number six for the Redmen. 

Not to mention his 90+6 winner in front of the Kop against Everton, when Jordan Pickford flapped at the ball, allowing Origi to head the ball in the win the Merseyside derby.

He's a man capable of massive moments, as he has proven time and time again.  

Divock Origi, Liverpool, Barcelona

Divock Origi celebrates after scoring Liverpool's fourth of the game against Barcelona. 

The 26-year old is in his prime, at least in terms of his age, and is a very dependable back-up for LFC, with a minimum of four years of top level Football in him, Origi remains an ideal bench option for Jurgen Klopp's side. 

Additionally, the stats for keeping Origi do look favorable, it would be unfair to judge Origi on a stat such as expected goals (XG) in the games he's played as he often features in cameo appearances, thus making the stats a little less reflective of the 26-year olds performances. 

 So, according to FBref, during Origi's seven seasons at Liverpool, he has played 3,463 minutes or the equivalent of 38.5 full 90-minute games. 

In this time, Origi has notched up 21 goals and six assists for a total of 27 G/A in his time at Liverpool. 

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This gives Origi a total of 0.70 G/A per 90 minutes he has played for Liverpool, which in itself is a very respectable amount of contributions, especially for someone who many consider being only good enough to be the backup striker. 

Furthermore, something that must be considered for a departing player is who would replace them?

Divock Origi, Liverpool, Wolves

Divock Origi celebrates after another late winner for Liverpool, this time against Wolves

Origi is a player that Liverpool have no like-for-like replacement for, he is a poaching striker who possesses physical attributes that no one at the club also possesses in his position. 

The alternative to Origi, if he was to leave the club, would be Takumi Minamino, who is a very different player to Origi. 

Since his move to the club two January transfer windows ago, there have only been small glimpses of the promise that Minamino showed whilst at RB Salzburg, meaning he is below Origi in the pecking order at LFC.

Irrespective of that, they are still two very different players, meaning that Minamino would not be a direct replacement for Origi. 

So, this would mean needing to look into the transfer market for a potential Origi replacement, something which the club are currently not linked with. 

This won't come as shock to many fans, with Fenway Sport Group (FSG), who own Liverpool, notorious for having tight purse strings compared to Liverpool's competitors. 

So therefore, if Origi was to depart Merseyside, it would be hard to imagine that the owners would sanction a move for an alternative - meaning Liverpool would be left with a hole in their squad. 

Divock Origi, Liverpool, Champions League

Origi celebrates Liverpool's 2018/19 Champions League triumph 

Obviously, from a player viewpoint, it is clear to see why Origi could depart. 

At 26, he is at an age where he wants to be playing consistent first-team football, something that he is not currently achieving at Liverpool, and barring injuries won't be achieving with this current squad. 

With sides like Newcastle and Fenerbache ready to offer him mega salaries to come and be their leading man, the temptation is there for Origi, and it is highly likely that we will see the Belgian international depart, if not now then this summer. 

But, if there's a chance Origi would rather remain at the club to fight for his place, then Liverpool should do what they can to keep a hold of the man who has earned a sort of cult hero status among the fans.