Any striker hunt for Liverpool must have been postponed for the time being thanks to Divock Origi’s sudden impact.
Indeed, the Belgian might’ve barely started any games this season, yet his heroics against Barcelona proved the ability of a man worthy leading the Reds in attack.
Among all the post-season blues, one problem could arise for Liverpool. While Origi is seemingly more than happy to stay at Anfield, his current contract expires next year. This means, if the Reds want to keep the 25-year-old for a longer period, they’ll need to agree on a new deal quickly. However, another stumbling block comes in at this point.
According to reports from David Ornstein on BBC Radio Five Live, the Reds are not going to sell Origi this summer, but aren’t willing to hand him a new contract either. Apparently, they’re ready to lose him on a free next year, which would be a foolish thing to do considering his resurgence and newfound importance to the squad.
He adds pace, physical attributes and a predatorial vibe in the final third with his excellent finishing ability. Rather than delaying the inevitable, Klopp should hand him the new deal. After his impact this season, Origi is bound to get more chances next season and if he ends up scoring more important goals, his contract demands will get higher.
Liverpool should tie him to a reasonable contract now rather than having to negotiate a possibly inflated one later on. They’re playing with fire in gambling with the Belgian’s future, something which can end up forcing them to shell unnecessarily huge finances to retain his services for the long-term.
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