Former Reds star claims Belgian striker Origi desperate to sign big Liverpool contract
Divock Origi will be desperate to stay at Anfield, believes former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor.
Origi, 24, scored crucial goals against Barcelona and Tottenham in the Champions League last season, as well as a Merseyside derby winner against Everton in the Premier League.
However, in total the Belgian made just 21 appearances across all competitions scoring seven times and contributing one assist, which has led to a lot of transfer speculation that he could leave the club in the coming weeks.
The Belgian’s contract is up next summer and former Red Mellor believes Origi will want to extend his stay despite his limited first-team opportunities.
Mellor told LFC magazine: “Jurgen Klopp brought him on against Everton at Anfield with six minutes to go and he scored the winner in the 96th minute. Look what has happened since.
“He came on to score the winner at Newcastle, netted twice in the 4-0 semi-final comeback against Barcelona and has now scored for Liverpool in a Champions League final victory.
“That is a huge moment for any player so it is credit to him for not giving up on being a Liverpool player. He will have seen, while out on loan, that it’s not great when you leave Liverpool so has proved he is desperate to stay here.
“That has been reflected in the big moments he’s had.”
Liverpool need to delve into their transfer kitty this summer and acquire some more top-class players that will improve the side, and they now have enough money to do that, so they do not need to sell anymore players.
Origi may not be the most exciting player to watch, but he proved that he is more than capable of coming off the bench and helping the side out, which is crucial for big clubs if they want to sin silverware.
So unless he asks to leave the club, Klopp should keep hold, as the man is young enough to still develop into a striker that an lead the attack, especially if one of the bigger players leaves the club.