Anfield news: Liverpool 'in catch-22 situation over transfer deal for 29-cap attacker'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks frustrated on the touchline

Emmet Gates has claimed Liverpool are stuck in a catch-22 situation when it comes selling Divock Origi

The journalist believes a lack of game-time has made it harder for the Reds to offload the Belgium international. 

What's the latest news involving Divock Origi?

Last month, Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp spoke candidly about a lack of interest in Origi during the summer transfer window, suggesting the club were intending to let him go. 

After a 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Champions League, Klopp said to reporters"[Divock] played a beautiful game. People forget how good he is, it's difficult to get into this team.

"In the summer transfer window we all thought there would be a proper offer for him, but obviously people don't watch football enough. 

"He's a sensational striker and he did really well today."

At the start of the summer, Fabrizio Romano claimed Liverpool wanted £17.2m for Origi, but it appears no club were willing to meet the Merseyside outfit's valuation. 

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What has Emmet Gates said about Divock Origi?

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Gates suggested Liverpool have found themselves in a catch-22 situation regarding Origi. 

While he's clearly out of favour under Klopp - the 29-cap forward made only nine Premier League appearances last season - a lack of game-time has made him less desirable to potential buyers. 

The journalist told GMS: "The problem with Origi is he didn't play last season, so if you don't play you're not putting yourself in the window and therefore no-one's going to buy you, so it's a catch-22." 

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Is Divock Origi leaving Liverpool?

It seems Origi will be leaving Liverpool one way or the other before next season. 

The 26-year-old's contract is due to expire in the summer, meaning unless Liverpool sell him in the next transfer window, he'll almost certainly be leaving the club on a free transfer. 

That is perhaps why Klopp not only talked up Origi's ability but also alluded to his availability last month - the Reds only have one opportunity left to secure a fee for the Belgian. 

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Even that will be difficult because foreign clubs will be allowed to discuss a pre-contract with Origi at the end of January. 

The Reds would need to find a buyer from English football in January or a foreign club that can't wait until the summer to bring him in.

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