Divock Origi reacts after penning new contract with Liverpool

Belgium international Divock Origi has expressed his pleasure after penning a new long-term deal with Liverpool. The striker’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of the upcoming season but he has now put pen-to-paper on a fresh four-year deal after contributing towards the club’s Champions League success last term.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Origi was pleased to have inked a new contract with the Merseyside giants. Origi is also looking forward to something special in the forthcoming years with the club, he told: “I’m very happy to be able to sign this contract and it gives you a boost at the beginning of the season, as well as the end of the season last year.

“When we had to make the decision I just wanted to speak with the club first and my entourage, but the feeling was always that I wanted to stay and extend my contract. It’s an amazing club, we have a good group, the staff are amazing. Even coming into Melwood, the people that work here and everything, you feel there is something special going on here.”

Origi was barely in contention for a starting role during the opening half of the previous campaign whereby Daniel Sturridge was regarded as the back-up option to Roberto Firmino upfront. Nonetheless, he became a cult-hero with an injury-time winner against rivals Everton while starring during the final phase of the Champions League where Firmino was struggling for fitness.

Despite the positivity, Origi would be aware that he has no assurances of starting games next season, but he has the chance to change the manager’s stance with consistent performances off the bench. Origi’s bright run of form during the backend of the season contributed towards Sturridge’s departure on a free last month. The striker has been touted to make the move to Major League Soccer.