Kevin Phillips Tips Divock Origi to Leave Liverpool in Search of Regular Football

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Divock Origi has been afforded limited minutes for Liverpool in the Premier League over the past two seasons | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has suggested that Liverpool forward Divock Origi may leave Anfield after being afforded limited game time by Jürgen Klopp.

The Reds signed Origi from French side Lille in 2014 for £11.4m. His six seasons as a Liverpool player have included two loan spells back at Lille and one at Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg, where he enjoyed a regular place in the starting lineup.

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Origi scored six goals in 31 Bundesliga games during his season on loan with Wolfsburg in 2017/18 | Simon Hofmann/Getty Images

Across the past two campaigns, Origi has made several notable contributions for Liverpool - notably scoring in both the Champions League semi-final and final in 2019. However, of his 61 appearances in all competitions, only 20 have been starts.

Liverpool boast one of the most prolific and feared forward lines in European football, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané either side of Roberto Firmino. Phillips - winner of the European Golden Shoe in 2000 - believes that Origi may have grown tired of playing the role of understudy to that famous front three.

“Divock has been there for a while and he might be fed up with being on the fringes," Phillips told Football Insider. "He has won the Champions League and the Premier League and now he might just want to go and play football."

Origi in action against Aston Villa as Liverpool earned three more points on their way to the Premier League title
Origi in action against Aston Villa as Liverpool earned three more points on their way to the Premier League title | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

As possible destinations go for the 25-year-old forward, Phillips suggested Aston Villa or recently promoted Leeds United. Villa mustered 41 goals from their 38 Premier League games as they narrowly avoided relegation last season, while the finishing ability of Leeds' striker Patrick Bamford has been called into question before.

Phillips explained: "When you go to somewhere like Villa or Leeds from Liverpool you expect to be playing virtually every game. That might be in the player’s thoughts.”

However, the former Sunderland striker did add the caveat: "I do not think he would want to leave Liverpool and go to a team that could be scrapping for survival again next season but I could be wrong.”