The Belgian has impressed Reds’ bosses enough for them to consider offering a new deal for substitute striker, who was expected to leave last summer.
Divock Origi has recently established himself as a somewhat important squad player for Liverpool, owing to his good performances off the bench. Football Insider are reporting a possible new deal for the Belgian International from Liverpool, whose bosses have been impressed with what they have seen from the substitute striker so far.
From being considered out of favour and then going on to establish himself as a reliable player from the bench, Origi has worked hard towards earning his place in this tough Liverpool squad. The summer signing of Xherdan Shaqiri and the subsequent return of Daniel Sturridge from his loan spell at West Brom pushed the Belgian further down the pecking order, but things have changed massively of late.
In the last two months, Jurgen Klopp has recognised the striker for his hard work and duly rewarded him with playing time, in fact, he has been selected ahead of Shaqiri and Sturridge. The Swiss International has been touted as one of the bargain signings of the season, but there has been no sign of him in the last two months. Origi has instead taken his chance with both hands.
His contributions from the bench have been exceptional, as he has transformed himself into a more reliable and useful option from the bench. And now, his performances might be rewarded with a new contract in the summer, as Liverpool consider him a suitable name as backup striker to current choices of Salah, Firmino and Mane.
Origi was heavily tipped to leave Anfield in the summer, with much interest from Borussia Dortmund as well as Valencia, Wolves and other prominent sides. Everton too were thrown in the mix for a January transfer, but Origi chose to stay and fight for his place. Liverpool were even thought to have accepted an offer of £22 million from Wolves, but in the end, the Belgian decided to turn down that offer.
Origi’s current deal with the Reds lasts until 2022, while a new deal would bump up his pay as well as the length of the current contract. Alternatively, Origi could also choose to leave the club in the summer, for more playing time, having proven himself to be a reliable player.
Still only 23-years-old, Origi joined Liverpool back as a teenager in 2014. Since then, he has played 91 times for Liverpool, scoring 24 goals in all competitions. It’s not a bad record to have for a young striker, but he might feel the more he plays, the chances are better for him to establish himself among the top centre forwards across Europe.
That said, his performances might not have gone unnoticed, and in the case, he rejects this reported new contract offer from Liverpool, other clubs could offer him an escape from Anfield. The ball is indeed in Origi’s court in terms of choosing the next course of his career, and only the coming months will reveal if he is set to prolong his stay at Liverpool or pursue playing time elsewhere.