Liverpool will reportedly offer Divock Origi a new contract after his Champions League heroics. The Belgian has two things to consider, however.
The Mirror claim that Origi will have a new contract to consider. That’s quite a turnaround, considering he nearly left for Wolves a year ago, although securing the Champions League trophy will do that.
In all, there’s little doubt that the 24-year-old was the surprise of the season. He went from being a 6-in-34 game striker on loan at Wolfsburg to a Champions League hero in just 12 months.
But now he’s got a difficult decision.
24 is a key age in football – any new contract, be it at a new or existing club, will likely tie you down for your prime.
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Does Origi want that to be at Liverpool? Maybe, maybe not.
The Belgian started just seven games this season, with another 14 coming from the bench. That’s not brilliant for a player wanting the best from their career. Players want to be playing, especially in their prime.
Those figures may improve next season but he certainly won’t be a starter. An impact-sub role is the best he can hope for, in all likelihood.
Origi proved this season that the ‘impact’ he makes is quite incredible. It means he’s guaranteed to go down as a club legend, albeit in a ‘Jerzy Dudek’ way, rather than a Steven Gerrard.
So what does Origi want? Does he want to spend his best years as a useful squad option at a club where he’s a legend? Or does he want to call this a beautiful goodbye and spend them playing regularly elsewhere?
Liverpool clearly want him to be the former if the reports are correct. Origi, ultimately, has the decision in his hands. And it’s the biggest of his career.