Newcastle loan bid set to be blocked due to African Cup of Nations issue – Report

Liverpool will block any move by Newcastle to sign forgotten man Divock Origi, according to the Northern Echo.

The Belgian striker is believed to have been identified as a loan target for the club ahead of the January transfer window, however it seems Klopp has no interest in losing him in the same month Mo Salah and Sadio Mane head to the African Cup of Nations.

He has has seen his game time limited since arriving on Merseyside seven years ago, with appearances being restricted mainly to cup competitions.

Origi has not made a single Premier League start for Jurgen Klopp’s men so far this season, with reports linking him with a move away when the January window opens in seven weeks time.

He is still a cult hero with the Kop faithful due to his heroics against Barcelona in 2019, where his brace helped overturn a three-goal deficit and book Liverpool’s place in the Champions League final – which he also scored in.

A report in the Telegraph last month claimed that Premier League clubs could form a pact and refuse to sell players to Newcastle, in a desperate bid to get us relegated following our controversial Saudi-backed takeover.

However, the Northern Echo claims the reason Klopp would stop Origi leaving in January is due to Mo Salah and Sadio Mane’s participation in the African Cup of Nations, which is set to rule the pair out of Liverpool action for up to a month in January.

This would be an early blow for the new consortium who believe a six-month loan month would help revitalise a stalled career as well as our poor season.

Staveley & Co will be desperate to splash NUFC’s new-found wealth once the window opens in the New Year as we look to climb our way towards top flight survival.

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