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Divock Origi 'has to leave Liverpool' to play regular football - father

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Divock Origi's father has told La Derniere Heure that the Liverpool striker must leave Anfield in order to secure regular first-team football and says Tottenham Hotspur are interested in him.

Origi has managed just nine minutes of action so far this season, and finds himself behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke in the striking pecking order at Liverpool.

His father, Mark, says the 22-year-old has a number of offers to consider before Thursday's deadline.

"We haven't been contacted by Anderlecht," Mark Origi said. "Divock has to leave Liverpool to have some playing time. Tottenham is a possibility, but there is also interest from France and Germany."

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp hinted that the Belgium international would be able to leave the club should further players arrive.

Liverpool retain an interest in Monaco's Thomas Lemar and the signing of the France international would limit Origi's opportunities even further.

"We will see," Klopp said after the 4-0 win over Arsenal. "That's not something to talk about here.

"If players come in, I think it makes sense to think about what we do on the other side.

"That's not something to talk about here. If players come in, I think it makes sense to think about what we do on the other side. "They're obviously involved in this [the players]. I'm not sure, we will see, you have to wait."

According to reports in Germany, Wolfsburg are among a number of clubs hoping to sign Origi on loan.

Three years ago, prior to Origi's transfer to Liverpool, Wolfsburg already targeted the Belgian attacker, and kicker reported on Tuesday that the Bundesliga club have opened talks.

Although Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe did not want to comment specifically on Origi, he confirmed to the German football magazine that they hope to land a reinforcement for their attack before the end of the transfer period.

Rebbe said: "We are looking for someone with an eye for goals. Our task is to find something that makes us better."

Newcastle have also been linked with a move for Origi as a replacement for Dwight Gayle, who is reportedly the subject of interest from Fulham.

ESPN FC's German correspondent Stephan Uersfeld contributed to this report.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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