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Galatasary make enquiry for Liverpool’s forgotten man ahead of potential January switch

Divock Origi has featured just once for Liverpool this season (Getty Images)

Galatasaray have made an initial approach to sign Liverpool’s out-of-favour striker Divock Origi ahead of the January transfer window.

The reigning Turkish champions have identified the Belgian international as a primary target to strengthen their attacking options following the sale of former Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis to Al-Hilal in August.

According to ESPN sources, Galatasaray are looking to acquire the 23-year-old on loan until the end of the season, rather than buy him outright due to financial fair play restrictions.

The Belgium international spent last season on-loan with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga but failed to make much of an impact, scoring just six goals in 31 league appearances.

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Origi returned to Anfield in the summer, but has only featured once for the club, as a late substitute in their recent 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League since the start of the campaign.

Although Roberto Firmino has only scored twice in 12 Premier League appearances this season, he is established as Liverpool’s first-choice striker while Daniel Sturridge has played his way back into contention with some good performances after spending the second half of last season on loan at West Brom.

Origi came on as a late substitute against Red Star Belgrade (Getty Images)

As well as Firmino and Sturridge, Origi also has to compete with Mohamed Salah for a starting place with the Egyptian increasingly utilised as the most central player in Liverpool’s much-vaunted front three, alongside Firmino and Sadio Mane.

With competition fierce in Liverpool’s attack, Origi may be tempted to move on in order to force his way back into the Belgium squad having last been called up by Roberto Martinez for a friendly against Saudi Arabia before the World Cup in March.

Origi initially made a strong impression under Klopp, playing 77 times and scoring 21 goals during his first two seasons in charge but he has subsequently slipped out of first-team reckoning over the past 18-months.

Galatasaray are currently second in their domestic league, four points behind league leaders İstanbul Başakşehir, while they are also third in their Champions League group.

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