The Reds played Hertha Berlin in a pre-season friendly at Tirol’s Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, on Thursday night and Origi’s absence caused a stir amongst fans
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Divock Origi was conspicuous by his absence during Liverpool’s 4-3 defeat by Hertha in pre-season yesterday – but there was a simple reason behind his non-involvement.
Liverpool ramped up their preparations for the 2021/22 campaign with a 90-minute work-out against Hertha on Thursday night in Innsbruck, Austria.
There were 11,000 fans inside Tirol’s Tivoli Stadium to witness the high-scoring friendly, which saw the German side race into a 2-0 lead through Santiago Ascacibar and Suat Serdar.
The Reds hit back through Sadio Mane’s strike and a well-worked move finished by Takumi Minamino to make it 2-2 at half-time.
Substitute Stevan Jovetic restored Hertha’s lead with two goals before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the scoring.
Origi did not feature in Liverpool’s pre-season game against Hertha Berlin
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There were run-outs for Ibrahima Konate alongside Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas filled in for Andy Robertson, while Harvey Elliott continued his role in central midfield.
Most significantly, there was a much-anticipated return to the pitch for long-term injury absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the final 20 minutes.
Meanwhile many fans were encouraged by the absence of Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.
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Liverpool are keen to sell the out-of-favour duo and their non-involvement in Austria raised hopes it could be to do with a breakthrough in the transfer market.
However, Origi’s absence was put down as a ‘precautionary’ move due to a ‘minor injury’, according to the Liverpool Echo .
Reports have suggested that Liverpool need to sell some of their current players before they can add to their squad.
Konate, a £36m addition from RB Leipzig, remains their only summer signing, with a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum yet to arrive.
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Van Dijk returned to the pitch after a 285-day absence through injury
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Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer upon the expiry of his Reds’ contract and Liverpool have been linked with several midfielders without any concrete offers arriving.
Origi scored Liverpool’s only goal in their 1-1 friendly draw against Wacker Innsbruck on July 20 and remains a part of Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season.
However, Harry Wilson has shown how quickly things can change. The Welsh forward was out in Austria with Liverpool but left the camp to complete a £12.6million move to Fulham last week.
Wilson is not the only departure this summer, too. Marko Grujic has joined Porto on a permanent deal for a reported £10.5m, while £6.5m was raised by the sale of Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin.
Shaqiri has been linked with a move to Lazio and recently told Corriere dello Sport he was open to sealing an Anfield exit.
“The important thing at this moment in my career is to be able to play regularly, but that hasn’t always been the case in the last three seasons,” Shaqiri told the Italian newspaper.
“This is why I told Liverpool that I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my wish and will seriously consider the offers that will come. They will not stop me.”
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