Former talisman Owen believes that the decision to give Origi a new contract, as well as the arrival of Minamino, prevented Liverpool from spending big on a replacement striker.
The Reds looked almost ready to sign RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner this summer, but the talented leader chose to join Chelsea instead.
“Will Origi and Takumi Minamino be there next season? Yes, they will, ”Owen told Premier League Productions.
“Origi has just signed a new contract and Minamino has just signed. They’re there and they’re fixed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask yourself if they should be.
“Origi signed a new long-term agreement, it was almost Liverpool… they were loyal to him, right?
“He had done what he had done [in the Champions League] and suddenly they thought he did that, so you have to give them a new contract.
“It has now stopped them from going to spend a lot of money on a replacement attacker.
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“Timo Werner was obviously a player with whom Liverpool was linked and he eventually went to Chelsea. I think this type of player would have been great for Liverpool.
“They signed Origi on a long-term contract which practically excluded a replacement striker and I’m not sure they don’t need a better one. “