Liverpool striker and Champions League hero, Divock Origi, is likely to extend his Anfield contract which was due to expire in the summer of 2020.
As reported in today’s Mirror, Jurgen Klopp has reminded Origi of his importance to the Liverpool first-team and highlighted the early weeks of the 2019/20 season as an opportunity for the Belgian international to make his mark.
Liverpool’s first-choice front three consists of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, however, the trio are all on international duty with their countries and entering the latter stages of the AFCON (Salah and Mané) and the Copa America (Firmino).
As a result, all three will most likely return to pre-season training at a later date than the rest of the first-team squad. This means the early-season period, August and early-September, specifically, could be the perfect opportunity for Origi to stake a claim for more game-time for The Reds.
Last season, Origi showed his ability to make a difference in a limited amount of on-pitch minutes with some huge goals throughout the campaign. He stepped up with big winners for Liverpool at home to Everton, away at Newcastle, in the unforgettable 4-0 victory over Barcelona and, of course, the final nail in Spurs’ coffin in the Champions League final in Madrid.
What Klopp will want from a back-up striker is someone who can be effective in a short amount of playing time and Origi has shown he can do just that.