Liverpool are in a hurry to extend Divock Origi’s current deal at the club, according to Belgian outlet HLN.
The £45,000-a-week striker [Spotrac] has played a crucial part in the latter stages of the Reds’ season, scoring a vital brace that helped them reach the Champions League final on June 1st.
Origi’s current deal runs out next year, but it is believed that Liverpool are keen to tie him down to a longer term stay at Anfield.
The report suggests that Origi is not as certain, however, with the 24-year-old likely to be some way down the pecking order show he decide to stay.
This time a month ago, Liverpool probably wouldn’t have been to bothered if Origi had stayed or gone. Now, however, after a really decent run in the side and some vital goals when the Reds have needed him most, the forward has put in a timely reminder of just how effective he can be. In some ways, however, that is a double edged sword. On the one hand, it has boosted Liverpool’s desire to keep him around for a while longer. On the other, it will have reaffirmed the player’s own beliefs in himself with a summer transfer window approaching. Would Origi be happy to sit on the bench again during the best years of his career after proving to the watching world what he can do? Perhaps not. There would no doubt be a whole host of clubs who would be willing to offer him decent first team opportunities, and given his current form, that could be a lure too powerful to ignore.