Champions League hero Divock Origi has played his way into a long term Anfield future.
The Reds icon has confirmed he will sit down and talk with Liverpool, after being offered a new contract.
And the club’s recruitment team is increasingly confident the striker will become the latest young star to commit to the club, as they look to tie him up on a long term deal.
Boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his total faith in the Belgium international, who has starred in the second half of the season, and produced some absolutely vital goals to prove his finishing quality beyond doubt.
He followed a brilliant Champions’ League semi-final winner against Barcelona with a stunning finish in the final against Spurs to confirm his status as a cult icon amongst the club’s fans.
But Klopp has been impressed by both his attitude and his strike rate. He has finished the season as the club’s fourth top scorer despite limited opportunities in the early part of the campaign.
His record in Europe has been remarkable, and he has also provided some crucial last minute goals against the likes of Everton and Newcastle.
All that has persuaded Klopp that Origi can play a bigger role going forward as a high quality alternative to his front line, and has also persuaded the club that he deserves a much longer contract.
He only has a year left on his current deal, and initially Liverpool were looking at offering a year’s extension. But his form and attitude - and confirmation of his instinctive finishing, means talks are now progressing over a long term contract.
Origi is still only 24, and the club is determined to get all its younger players signed up to 2023 and beyond.
The player indicated talks will progress when he said after the final: “There’s an offer for a new contract on the table.
“We will see after the international games, but I think there will be talks with the club.”
Origi chose to stay and fight for a future at the start of the season, even though his chances looked limited. Now, he will look for assurances of more playing time…and a longer contract offer than a single year.
Liverpool want to secure Origi on a new deal before they look to complete their summer transfer business, and both James Milner and Joel Matip have been offered extensions too.
Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno will leave after coming to the end of their contracts, and Liverpool may also listen to offers for Adam Lallana.
They have already indicated the summer window will be much quieter, but the club has worked on possible replacements for those three players.