Date: 18th May 2019 at 12:00pm
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Liverpool have opened talks over a new contract for resurgent attacker Divock Origi, according to Football Insider.

The outlet claims that discussions have begun with the Belgian’s representatives over a deal that would see him stay at Anfield beyond when his current contract expires at the end of next season.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed not only by the 24-year-old’s vital goals this campaign, but his commitment and application in training.

The former Lille man had appeared to be on his way out of Anfield last summer, but has enjoyed a phenomenal return to the spotlight this term.

OPINION

Although you do wonder whether Liverpool are possibly being victims of the moment here, this will probably emerge as a popular decision with the club’s supporters. Origi has become a cult hero on Merseyside this season, bagging crucial goal after crucial goal over the second half of the campaign. Ultimately, though, his contract extension would essentially see him commit himself to a bit part role at Anfield. When the Reds’ first choice front three are all fully fit he doesn’t get a sniff of the first team, that’s just the way it is. However, if he is happy to continue in his current role then so be it. When you’re competing across multiple fronts like Liverpool routinely are, you need quality squad players to back up your established stars. Origi has shown this season that he can do that and do it well. That, plus his positive attitude and work rate in training, has seemingly been enough for him to secure himself a new contract at the club.