Liverpool opinion: Is extending Origi’s deal a good move for the Reds?
According to a report from the Metro, Liverpool are prepared to offer Divock Origi a new deal at the club. The Reds signed the Belgian from Lille back in 2014 for a fee of £10million and his current contract runs out in the summer of 2020.
The report reveals that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been hugely impressed with Origi’s attitude and application in recent weeks and wants the 23-year-old to commit his foreseeable future at the club.
Origi has clearly been the second choice at Anfield, having played just 285 minutes in the Premier League all season. The Belgian has started just 3 games in the league so far but has two goals and an assist to his name.
Liverpool’s front three have their places cemented in the starting line-up, thanks to their tremendous performances over the last two years. Roberto Firmino has been an ideal number 9 who suits Klopp’s style of play and the Brazilian’s role as a sure starter is unlikely to change in the near future.
However, Origi’s ability to play anywhere across the front three is a huge asset which will be of use for the Reds constantly throughout a long campaign next season. Origi is Liverpool’s only backup for the front three apart from Xherdan Shaqiri, who has fallen out of favour in recent weeks.
Shaqiri’s absence will give a ton of opportunities for the Belgian to prove himself in the Premier League and as evident with his recent work ethic and impact off the bench, he will be a huge asset for Liverpool over the course of the season.
Origi will also provide a different dimension to Liverpool’s attack rather than their standard quick break style of play. The Belgian possesses incredible ability in the air and Liverpool can massively benefit from this with crosses from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.
Origi, without a doubt, still has a lot to improve in his game but with proper game time and quality management, he will develop into a ruthless striker.
Liverpool will be missing out on a huge talent if they fail to extend Divock Origi’s contract. The Belgian will have the right to talk to clubs in January and the Reds will regret it if they lose him for free next summer.
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Liverpool should not hesitate to extend the 23-year old’s deal beyond next summer and Jurgen Klopp should take him under his wing and help develop his game and fulfil his potential.