Liverpool held encouraging talks with Divock Origi’s representatives over extending his contract at Anfield, with fresh terms currently on the table, according to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur on Twitter this morning.
The Belgium international has gone on holiday before returning for pre-season, with Origi set to come to a decision on his future at the club when he returns.
Liverpool are insistent on keeping Origi, who only has a year remaining on his deal, although the 24-year-old is hesitant to commit to a new contract due to concerns over playing time, amidst apparent interest from La Liga outfit Real Betis.
Previous reports have confirmed that Jurgen Klopp will not sanction Origi’s sale this summer, even if it results in him losing the striker for nothing when his deal is up in 2020.
Origi is seemingly content to remain on Merseyside for the upcoming season, even if he chooses not to commit his long-term future to Liverpool; the club may also have more time to convince him to extend his stay.
Having played a crucial role in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph, including the late goal that sealed the trophy in the final against Tottenham, it is understandable that the Reds are desperate to keep Origi; regardless of what happens, he’ll always be a cult-hero at Anfield.