Divock Origi has convinced Liverpool not to spend in January, reckons Michael Owen

Divock Origi is set to get more chances in the Liverpool first team (Picture: Getty Images)

Michael Owen believes Liverpool will have shelved plans to bring in a forward in the January transfer window thanks to the recent goals of Divock Origi.

The Belgian striker has long been an understudy for the Reds’ first choice front line, but has taken advantage of his chances in the first team over the last few days.

The 26-year-old came off the bench to score the only goal of the game against Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday, netting a dramatic winner in the 94th minute at Molineux.

This earned him a place in the starting XI for the Champions League trip to AC Milan on Tuesday and he again scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory after Fikayo Tomori gave the home side the lead and Mohamed Salah equalised.

Salah and Sadio Mane are set to head off to the African Cup of Nations in January, leaving Jurgen Klopp a little short up front and he may well have been considering bringing in another option either permanently or on loan.

However, former Reds striker Owen thinks Origi will now have done enough to convince his boss that he can carry the load while the two superstars are away.

‘Origi will go down in Liverpool history as scoring some massive goals,’ Owen told BT Sport.

‘I mean, he is not anywhere near the four others who play up top, he is a level below but when you are an impact player it doesn’t necessarily matter. He will have chances during AFCON. You can’t ignore the goals he scores.

‘Additionally, Origi has made up Klopp’s mind. During AFCON, they don’t need to buy anyone. Remember the Barcelona goal, he is a good instinctive finisher.

‘A lot will be thinking about losing Salah and Mane, but with [Diogo] Jota, [Roberto] Firmino and Origi I don’t think Liverpool will buy for the sake of a few games.’

Origi has won back-to-back games for his side (Picture: Getty Images)

The AFCON runs from 9 January to 6 February, and while Mane and Salah are unlikely to both be missing for the whole of the event, they will certainly miss some games for Liverpool, including Premier League clashes with Brentford and Crystal Palace.

Klopp also has Takumi Minamino to call upon, while he may also turn to youngsters like Kaide Gordon and Harvey Blair.

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