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Klopp hails Divock Origi's new contract as a win-win situation

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

06:20 10 Jul 2019


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Liverpool's Champions League hero Divock Origi has signed a new long-term contract at the club. 

The Belgian striker scored twice in the 4-0 semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield, and scored the second in their 2-0 win over Tottenham that claimed a sixth Champions League for the Merseyside club.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is delighted to secure the services of the 24-year old for the long haul, "I really think it’s a win-win situation. It’s a story really only football can write", he told the club's website.

"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, [we never said] ‘OK, that will never work again’, but sometimes in football you don’t have enough time.

"Thankfully we had enough time that we could kind of wait until he is ready again. Now he is this wonderful player again so it’s great to have him and I’m really, really happy about the signing."

After an unsure beginning to his Liverpool career, Origi was loaned to Wolfsburg, and returned to Anfield a peripheral figure. However, his performances in the second half of last season have made him feel at home again, "I always felt comfortable here. I made steps during my career, I say that I became a man here at this club, I signed when I was 19.

"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.

"We’re still young so there’s a lot of potential in the group. I’m just having fun in training and on the pitch. Those are all important factors as a player.”

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