English Premiership

Origi commits long-term future to Liverpool

2019-07-10 20:21
Divock Origi
Divock Origi (Getty Images)

London - Liverpool have tied down Champions League hero Divock Origi to new long-term contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

"Divock Origi has committed his future to Liverpool Football Club by signing a new long-term contract at Melwood today," Liverpool said in a statement without revealing details over the length of the deal.

The Belgium international has largely been a peripheral figure at Anfield since signing from Lille in 2014.

However, he came to the fore by scoring twice in a remarkable 4-0 win over Barcelona in last season's Champions League semi-final, second leg to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit.

Origi then scored again in the final victory over Tottenham as Liverpool won the competition for a sixth time.

"It's a story really only football can write," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"We wanted to sign him again, to extend the contract, and the nice thing is he wanted to as well. He realised it was a tough time (but) we never gave him up in that time."

Origi had entered the final 12 months of his old deal and was reportedly stalling on the offer of a new one because of concerns over playing time.

"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," said Origi.

"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."

Origi has spent two of his five seasons as a Liverpool player out on loan at Lille and Wolfsburg and looked destined to leave the club as he began last season behind Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order for a start up front.

However, his fortunes changed when an error from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford gifted him a 96th-minute winner in the Merseyside derby in December.

Origi went on to score seven goals in total last season, as he also netted a vital late winner at Newcastle as Liverpool fell just short of chasing down Manchester City in a thrilling Premier League title race.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Saturday, 14 December 2019
Liverpool v Watford, Anfield 14:30
Sheffield United v Aston Villa, Bramall Lane 17:00
Leicester City v Norwich City, King Power Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Burnley v Newcastle United, Turf Moor 17:00
Southampton v West Ham United, St. Mary's Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 15 December 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Manchester United v Everton, Old Trafford 16:00
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 18:30
Monday, 16 December 2019
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, Selhurst Park 21:45
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.