VfL Wolfsburg announced Thursday that the club has acquired striker Divock Origi on loan from Liverpool. Wolfsburg will pay Liverpool £6 million for the Belgian’s rights.
The deal is a one-year loan deal, though Liverpool have the rights to recall the player in January if they so choose.
Origi was a regular fixture in Jurgen Klopp’s side for most of last season, but he has struggled to find much playing time at all so far this season. He has logged just nine minutes in one appearance as a substitute through LFC’s first three Premier League games. With Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke seemingly locked in as Klopp’s top-three choices at striker, the club figured it would be best for Origi to go out on loan and find playing time elsewhere in the interim.
Origi has made 21 starts for the Reds since coming over for £10 million from Lille in 2014. He has scored 21 goals in all competitions for the club. He was loaned back to Lille for a year after joining Liverpool in 2014, but has featured regularly in the English club side in the two seasons since.
After a largely quiet summer on the transfer front, Liverpool have been incredibly active in the few days leading up to the deadline. They announced earlier in the week that they have agreed to sign midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, who has reportedly been their top target all summer long. However, Keita will remain in the Bundesliga for a season before joining Liverpool next July.
They also agreed to a deal with former Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Wednesday after the player rejected a move to Chelsea earlier in the week. Liverpool are reportedly still interested in Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar and Southampton center back Virgil van Dijk.