Liverpool striker Divock Origi. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images
The transfer window might have shut - but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Liverpool’s business is complete.
While the Reds cannot sign any other players bar free agents after the August 31 deadline, some of their players who remain under contract can still depart.
The market may be closed in Europe’s major leagues but teams in places like Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Portugal can still take players.
Divock Origi has been reduced to a bit-part role at Anfield and did not get the exit he might have wished for.
However, he’s reportedly the subject of interest from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce and could still complete an exit.
According to Fotospor, the Istanbul-based side are making an “extraordinary effort” to land Origi.
Reports suggest that Fenerbahce board member Selahattin Baki has met with Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards about a potential move.
The Super Lig club have been chasing a striker all summer and are so serious about landing Origi that president Ali Koc has a plane waiting to bring the 26-year-old to Turkey.
Fenerbahce are aiming to complete the deal as soon as possible to register Origi in their Europa League squad.
Why could he leave Liverpool?
It’s safe to say that Origi will also get a hero’s reception whenever he’s at Anfield.
The Belgium international has etched his name into club folklore with some of the goals he’s scored since joining Liverpool from Lille in 2014.
He then netted Liverpool’s second goal in the 2-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur in the final to ensure a sixth European Cup was claimed
Perhaps the most memorable goal of his, though, came in stoppage-time against Everton in December 2018. He profited from Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford’s blunder to head home from close range and deliver a 1-0 Merseyside derby victory.
Despite his past feats, Origi now finds himself well down the pecking order at Liverpool. He’s been omitted from the past two match-day squads this season and Jurgen Klopp could instead look to raise funds from his sale.
Why could the transfer go through?
Turkey’s transfer window still remains open for the next few days.
Clubs in the country have until Monday, 6 September, to complete any of their business.
Where else is the transfer window open?
Along with Turkey, there are other countries in Europe who could still look to sign some of Liverpool’s players.
Ukraine’s window doesn’t shut until Friday while Russian sides have until Tuesday, 7 September to get their signings done.
In addition, Portuguese clubs have almost three weeks to tie up any deals, with their window shutting on Wednesday, 22 September.
Why could Karius also depart?
Loris Karius hasn’t played for Liverpool since his disastrous display in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.
The much-maligned goalkeeper is now fourth choice at Anfield with Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian all preferred.
Karius has spent the past three seasons out on loan - two of which were at Turkish side Besiktas.
The Telegraph reports the Reds spent the duration of deadline day trying to offload the German, who has less than a year left on his deal, but failed to find a suitor.
If anyone in Turkey, or elsewhere, looked to take Karius then Liverpool would surely sanction a deal.