Former Liverpool player Neil Mellor has suggested that Divock Origi has proved that he is ‘desperate’ to stay at Liverpool after the Reds’ Champions League triumph.
The man with the famous cushioned header has hailed the Belgian for not giving up after his heroics in the Madrid final against Spurs.
“[Jurgen] Klopp brought him on against Everton at Anfield with six minutes to go and he scored the winner in the 96th minute. Look what has happened since,” he told the official Liverpool FC magazine.
“He came on to score the winner at Newcastle, netted twice in the 4-0 semi-final comeback against Barcelona and has now scored for Liverpool in a Champions League final victory.
“That is a huge moment for any player so it is credit to him for not giving up on being a Liverpool player. He will have seen, while out on loan, that it’s not great when you leave Liverpool so has proved he is desperate to stay here.
“That has been reflected in the big moments he’s had.”
Believe it or not, Origi is actually just three appearances away from making his 100th outing for the club. He’s been here for a while.
The Belgian may be getting itchy feet – he knows what he’s capable of, and he knows clubs around Europe would jump at the chance to have him.
Playing second fiddle to Bobby Firmino at Liverpool may not suit Origi. I’d love him to stay the club, he’s more than capable ability wise, but he may be right to search for regular first-team football elsewhere.