Liverpool have made the first move in contract negotiations with striker Divock Origi, as the Reds look to secure the 24-year-old's future as soon as possible.
Origi has been utilised as a backup to Liverpool's 'fab three' for much of the season, but started the second leg of the Reds' Champions League semi-final against Barcelona - scoring twice, including the goal that sent Liverpool to their second Champions League final in two years.
According to Belgian outlet HLN,
Origi however, is considering his options and is in no rush to sign a new offer from Liverpool.
Despite impressing when called upon this season, the Belgian is likely to continue playing second fiddle to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firminho, and Sadio Mane next season. This lack of first-team football could result in the Liverpool man looking elsewhere for more regular game time.
A lot of fringe players could be on the way out this summer... https://t.co/lWdAVCRvIM— LiverpoolPro (@LiverpoolPro) May 16, 2019
If the Belgian were to leave Anfield, an important factor in deciding where he went next would be the wages offered. Origi currently earns around £60,000-a-week at Liverpool and would be seeking financial guarantees at any potential future club.
Despite being signed from Lille back in 2014, the Belgian striker has failed to establish himself as regular starter for the Reds, and spent large portions of his Liverpool career on loan, with spells at Lille and Wolfsburg.
The story has been much the same for this season, where Origi has found first team opportunities few and far between. He may not have featured very often during this campaign, but he has picked up the coveted knack of scoring important goals in big fixtures. As well as the brace against Barcelona
Divock Origi doesn’t deserve a new contract, he deserves a fucking statue!— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) May 7, 2019