Liverpool striker Divock Origi has committed his future to the Reds by signing a new long-term contract earlier today.
Origi signed for Liverpool from Ligue 1 side Lille five seasons ago. While he hasn’t truly established himself in the starting lineup, a few match-winning cameos this past season were enough for manager Jurgen Klopp to reward him with a new contract.
Divock Origi signs long-term contract without release clause
The 24-year-old’s new contract does not have a release clause according to reports which shows the faith the management have in the young striker.
Origi scored Liverpool’s all-important fourth goal against Barcelona to send the Catalans crashing out of the Champions League.
He followed that up with a goal in the Champions League final against Tottenham as well. The Belgian also netted winners against Newcastle and Everton to keep Liverpool’s title hopes alive.
“Want to keep progressing and maximise the potential and talent I have”
Origi expressed his delight at being able to stay with Liverpool for the foreseeable future. Speaking to the club’s website, he opened up about life at the Reds and his future goals for the club.
“I’m very happy to be able to sign this contract and it gives you a boost at the beginning of the season.
“I always felt comfortable here. I made steps during my career. I say that I became a man here at this club; I signed when I was 19.
“When we had to make the decision I just wanted to speak with the club first and my entourage, but the feeling was always that I wanted to stay and extend my contract.
“[I want] to keep progressing and trying to maximise the potential and talent I have each and every day. At the end of my career I want to sit back and be proud that I used all of my gifts and talents.
“I think the next years are going to be very special – prime years, maybe – and I’m going to try to use them to the fullest.”
Origi played second fiddle to the likes of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah last season. However, he is expected to receive a lot more game time this coming season.
He recently linked up with the club for pre-season training and could be named in the starting lineup in the Reds’ friendly against Tranmere.