Liverpool are planning to open talks with Divock Origi over a new contract, according to reports. Origi has effectively made their minds up in recent weeks.
The Daily Star say that a new contract is on the agenda for the 24-year-old after his recent performances.
Few could possibly have seen Origi having the impact he has on Liverpool’s season. He was a forgotten man, one of the Reds’ unsuccessful signings of the Brendan Rodgers era.
The Belgian spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg where he had a disappointing campaign. Then came talk last summer that he would be off to Wolves – although the player turned them down, claimed the Echo.
Liverpool had little choice but to keep him. He was going to be a part of the squad but he wasn’t going to play.
Only he hasn’t just played, he’s contributed a huge part in the season. First, there was his late winner against Everton, then another one against Newcastle United. The peak, of course, came on Tuesday night, scoring two vital goals to send Liverpool to the Champions League final.
And so it’s no surprise that Jurgen Klopp wants him to stick around longer. For one thing, Liverpool aren’t going to find a squad player who fits the style and has such a knack for important goals.
You keep players like that around. He may not look as sleek or confident as Liverpool’s regular front three – and he clearly isn’t on their level – but what he brings is so important.
Any striker they look to bring in who has any kind of guarantee about them would be a superstar. There’s simply no room for that, however. Origi is a squad player and exactly the kind you want. He can slot in, score goals, and make it look seamless.
Origi deserves a new contract and Liverpool are unlikely to top that initial £10m paid to Lille. He’s exactly what Klopp needs.