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Report: 'Exceptional' Liverpool player has just rejected the chance to join PL rival this summer

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has rejected a contract offer to join Newcastle United this summer.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who claim that the Belgian has said ‘no’ to Newcastle in favour of a move to AC Milan. It’s also claimed that Origi had offers on the table from other German and English clubs too, but they remain unnamed.

However, the Liverpool man rejected these, reportedly as he had ‘given his word’ to Milan technical director Paolo Maldini.

All being well, the 27-year-old will sign a contract worth a reported £3.5m per season for the Italian club.

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Reds avoid Divock danger

Origi’s destination upon leaving Liverpool this summer has been a long, drawn out affair. What looked a relatively straight-forward deal for Milan to complete is now dragging its feet.

It’s unclear exactly what the hold-up is, but it appears that the deal will now get done after all.

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From a Liverpool point of view, is good to hear that Origi won’t be moving to a fellow English club. The Reds cult hero broke countless Premier League team’s hearts over the years. It’s nice to know that he won’t have the chance to do that regularly against The Reds.

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There is significant and bewildering history between Liverpool and Milan in Europe though. Given Divock’s tendency to net almost mythical goals, you wouldn’t bet against him doing some damage if the two sides do meet in the Champions League in the future.

He’s got the quality – Klopp called him ‘exceptional’ via liverpoolfc.com back in 2019.

That’s for the future though. For now, all that’s left to do is to thank Origi for his magnificent contribution to Liverpool and hope that he has one more Divock moment left in him for the cup finals to come.

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