Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur told the Transfer Talk Podcast that he believes that Divock Origi will sign a new “four or five year deal” with Liverpool.
The former Lille forward is a cult hero on the Kop thanks to his exploits last season as he emerged as a prolific figure from the bench, averaging a goal every 72 minutes.
Fans are desperate to see him stay at the club beyond this summer and with his current Liverpool contract set to expire in July 2020, he is free to talk to other clubs over a free transfer for next summer but is also in dialogue with the Reds over an extension.
Kristof Terreur told the Sky Sports Transfer Talk Podcast: “There were some talks with his agent after the final. They were advanced negotiations but the player didn’t make his decision yet. He’s still on holiday.
“He has been promised a more advanced role now Sturridge has left. He’s basically the back-up for Mane, Salah and Firmino. He’s basically the first back-up for them.
“They’ve offered him good money. I think the moment the cards are on the table right now that he might sign a new deal for four or five years.”
Terreur is considered to be the most reliable source of information regarding Belgian footballers and while his comments to Sky Sports were a reflection of his expectations not insider information, fans will be hopeful that Origi will decide to renew his Liverpool terms.
While he’s not a world class striker, he’s proven to be exactly the kind of player you want on the bench as he is extremely clutch with the timing of his goals.
After Liverpool released Sturridge, it became clear that the Reds needed to sign a new forward or make some internal amendments to compensate for the lack of firepower up front.