Divock Origi is reportedly leaving Liverpool after eight years on the books at Anfield. Here’s the why, when and where of his exit.
After a year on loan with Lille, Origi linked up with Liverpool in 2015 and it’s been a ride since. We’ve seen spells of remarkable form, we’ve seen spells where the Belgian disappeared into the shadows. There have been frustrating moments and, more importantly, there have been some of the biggest moments in the club’s history.
Origi’s goals in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona will forever play a part in Liverpool’s history – as will his goal in the final itself. He’s left a mark on the club that few have.
So why is he leaving Liverpool?
Why Divock Origi is leaving Liverpool
This one isn’t too difficult to figure out. Origi has only played 127 Premier League minutes this season – a staggeringly small amount. It’s not even a game and a half.
It doesn’t get much better in the Champions League (185 minutes) and the majority of his time came in the EFL Cup (204 minutes). Liverpool just don’t have room in their squad to give Origi consistent game time. Not with the luxury of five world-class forwards competing for the same minutes.
The incredible thing, though, is that Origi has somehow scored six times in those limited minutes. There is a brilliant player here and he knows there’s first-team football waiting for him at a high level. It’s just not happening at Liverpool, though, despite all he’s achieved.
When he will leave
Origi will leave in July with the end of his contract. The situation has been a little complicated, however. The Athletic reported in February that the deal expired this summer but Liverpool could trigger an extra year if Origi played in enough Premier League games this season.
Now, true or not, Origi hasn’t featured enough to trigger any clause. This will be the end of his contract as there’s no suggestion that Liverpool will offer a new one.
Where Divock Origi could go
It’s long been reported that AC Milan are big admirers of Origi and want to sign him on a free transfer. That’s the crux of the Athletic’s report today – he’s apparently agreed to personal terms.
Gazzetta Dello Sport had some detail about a deal back in March. They claim Milan put a small wage increase on the table for Origi, coupled with regular first-team football. The fact that they could be Italian champions going into next season only sweetens the pot – Champions League football could look good for them.
It feels like a no-brainer for Origi, then. We’re sad to see him go but there’s no doubting that Milan would be a wonderful destination for him.