Liverpool reward Champions League hero Divock Origi with a new long-term contract

Divock Origi has committed his future to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Divock Origi has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool after playing a decisive role during the club’s sixth Champions League trophy win last season.

The 24-year-old returned to Liverpool last summer following an unproductive loan spell with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and wasn’t expected to feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

However, he ended up providing crucial goals for the club, scoring twice in the Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona before netting again in the final win over Spurs.

Origi has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe following his impressive end of season form but he insisted he always wished to remain at Anfield.

Origi scored the second goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League final win over Spurs (Picture: Getty)

He told Liverpool’s website: ‘I’m very happy to be able to sign this contract and it gives you a boost at the beginning of the season, as well as the end of the season last year. So I’m very happy.

‘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.

‘It’s an amazing club, we have a good group, the staff are amazing. Even coming into Melwood, the people that work here and everything, you feel there is something special going on here.

‘We’re still young so there’s a lot of potential in the group. I’m just having fun in training and on the pitch. Those are all important factors as a player.’

Klopp added: ‘I’m pretty sure he always felt that he is really important in that team and all that stuff, so it’s brilliant. It’s just a nice story and probably nobody could have imagined it a year ago, and here we are.

‘I think age-wise it’s an important contract for him and for us, it’s an important role which he will have in the next season.’

Origi scored seven goals in 21 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season and will provide competition for Roberto Firmino next term.


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