The transfer window has seen a lot of transfers and exits from clubs across Europe. However, there have also been new contracts handed over to players and Liverpool are reportedly close to sealing the long-term future of forward Divock Origi.
The Belgium forward was superb last season when called from the bench scoring in the Champions League Semis and Finals as Liverpool won the title.
It is reported that the club wants to reward the 24-year-old with an improved five-year contract. Origi has been reduced to a substitute role at the club due to the exploits of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the player’s attitude and contributions towards the course of last season. This has been a contributing factor as Klopp has a huge say in terms of offering first team players new deals.
This latest development has been a spectacular turn-around for Origi who appeared to be on his way out of the club last summer after a series of loans. He was also close to leaving in January but remained to play a vital role in the title run-in.
Origi is an excellent forward as he possesses different qualities to Firmino due to his excellent hold-up play and finishing abilities. The Belgium star is a player that Liverpool can afford to keep in the team as he could be the x-factor from the bench.
The summer exploits of Mane, Firmino, and Salah in the Copa America and Afcon respectively should mean that he could start the season as the main option upfront.
At just 24 years old, Origi still has time to reach his peak and could displace one of the front three next season depending on how he begins the campaign. Origi contributed 6 goals in all competitions last season despite making only 6 starts for the club.