Origi To Leave Liverpool End Of Season, Says Klopp

Liverpool’s Belgium striker Divock Origi celebrates with the trophy after winning the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at Wembley Stadium, in London, on May 14, 2022. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday that striker Divock Origi will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season.

The Belgium international has not played enough matches to trigger an extension to his contract and has been heavily linked with a move to AC Milan.

The 27-year-old has been a bit-part player since he joined Liverpool in 2014 but has scored vital goals including two in an astonishing comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

Origi also scored in the final that year as Liverpool lifted their sixth European Cup against Tottenham.

“I expect Div to get a special reception, or farewell, or whatever,” said Klopp, whose side are just one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with one game left.

“He is and will be for me, forever a Liverpool legend (and) one of the most important players I ever had.

“That sounds completely strange with the number of games he had, but it is, and was, a pure joy to work together with him.”

Klopp, whose side host Wolves on Sunday, said it would be a “harsh moment” when Origi leaves Anfield.

“I remember so many things when I think about Div that’s incredible — important goals, injuries… bad injuries, and all these kinds of things — ups and downs,” he said. “He is a Liverpool legend, no doubt.”

Liverpool, who are still in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple, must win on Sunday and hope Pep Guardiola’s City slip up at home against Aston Villa.

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Klopp Hails ‘Legend’ Origi As Liverpool Strike Late To Beat Wolves

Liverpool's Belgium striker Divock Origi (L) scores his team's opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 4, 2021. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
Liverpool’s Belgium striker Divock Origi (L) scores his team’s opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 4, 2021. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

 

Jurgen Klopp said Divock Origi deserves a manager who plays him more after scoring deep into stoppage time to take Liverpool top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Wolves.

The much-maligned Belgian has scored some iconic goals in seven years since signing for the Reds, but has never nailed down a regular starting place.

Klopp even expressed surprise earlier this season there were no takers for Origi in the transfer market.

However, he proved his worth as a squad player by coming off the bench to end Wolves’ resistence at Molineux after the prolific trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota had failed to fire.

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“Divock Origi, the legend, finished it off and it’s a great story,” said Klopp. “He’s an incredible striker, for different reasons he did not play that often but I hope one day he finds a manager that plays him more than I do.

“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life. In this great team, with our three, he doesn’t play all the time but he is a very positive boy, loves the club, wants to contribute and he did in an incredible way.”

Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham earlier on Saturday handed Klopp’s men the chance to move ahead of the European champions.

Origi’s low finish from Salah’s cut-back moves Liverpool a point clear of the Blues and two ahead of Manchester City, who face Watford later on Saturday.

“Other results are not really important, we just want to win football games,” added Klopp. “We played three days ago and the derby (against Everton) is easy to focus on as it’s the game of the year, then we start the machine again and I like how we fought today.”

Liverpool had scored four goals in each of their last three league games and two or more in 18 straight games, but saw that run come to an end due to a rare off day with their finishing.

Trent Alexander-Arnold volleyed over before Jota headed over the first of his big chances to score against his former club.

Salah was denied a simple tap in for his 20th goal in as many games by a miraculous last-ditch challenge from Romain Saiss to divert Andy Robertson’s cross to safety.

The chances continued to come and go for Liverpool after the break, but none were bigger than the one presented to Jota midway through the half.

A mix up between Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa and Saiss allowed the Portuguese international to walk the ball towards and unguarded net, but he fired straight at Conor Coady on the line rather than placing the ball into the corner.

Heroics from Sa then seemed set to earn Wolves a point as he denied Mane and Salah.

But he was finally beaten with virtually the last kick of the game as this time Salah played the provider and picked out Origi, who spun before lashing the ball in low on his left foot to spark scenes of wild celebration from Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool bench.

 

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Liverpool Condemn Fans For ‘Racist’ Divock Origi Banner

Liverpool fans in the stands at Anfield during their side’s 5-2 win against Roma (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Liverpool have condemned a “racist” banner depicting Divock Origi that was displayed in the away end before their Champions League clash with Genk in Belgium on Wednesday.

The banner appeared to show Origi’s head photoshopped onto a naked body alongside the Champions League trophy. It was removed before the match started.

A club statement said: “Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick-off.

“To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype. This is completely unacceptable.

“We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible.

“Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process.”

Wolfsburg Sign Liverpool Striker Origi On Loan

Divock Origi . Image: Liverpoolfc

German league side Wolfsburg has signed Belgium international striker Divock Origi from Liverpool on a year-long loan transfer.

The Premier League club confirmed the clubs have reached a deal after the 22-year-old made just one appearance for the Reds this season under Jurgen Klopp.

Origi, who signed for the Reds from Lille in 2014 before spending a further year on loan with the French club, has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances for Liverpool.

Origi will end up battling Germany veteran striker Mario Gomez to play up front in the Bundesliga for the 2015 German Cup winners.

“With Divock Origi we have strengthened our attacking options, he has already proved his qualities on the national and international stage,” said Wolfsburg’s director Olaf Rebbe.

“Despite his age, he has tremendous experience.

“He is a fast, strong and dangerous forward, who will make our attacking game more variable.”

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FA Cup: Liverpool Crash While Arsenal, Chelsea, City Advance

Liverpool Crash Out Of FA CupChampionship side Wolverhampton Wanderers held on to oust Liverpool and reach the FA Cup fifth round with a deserved victory at Anfield.

Richard Stearman put the visitors ahead after only 53 seconds and Helder Costa set up Andreas Weimann to double Wolves’ lead later.

Divock Origi scored a late consolation for the largely subdued Liverpool.

The result is the second defeat in cup competition in four days for Jurgen Klopp’s side after they lost to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

However, it was a massive win for Arsenal in spite of the manager Arsene Wenger’s touchline ban.

A Danny Welbeck brace, followed by a Theo Walcott hat trick ensured that the Gunners trashed Southampton 5-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium.

In other FA Cup matches played on Saturday, Sean Dyche’s Burnley knocked out championship strugglers Bristol City with a 2-0 win  at Turf Moor, while league leaders Chelsea put four goals past Brentford with Willian,  Pedro, Branislav  Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi all getting on the score sheet.

Elsewhere, Manchester City put their troubles in the league behind them to beat Crystal Palace 3-0.

Blackburn Rovers also defeated Blackpool 2-0 while League One side, Oxford pulled off the biggest upset in the round with an impressive 3-0 victory over promotion chasers Newcastle United.

Stewart Downing’s superb 69th minute strike sent Middleborough through to the next round as Aitor Karanka’s men beat Accrington Stanley 1-0.

Tottenham came back from behind to beat League Two side Wycome Wanders 4-3 as South Korean forward Son Heung-Min scored a stoppage-time winner.

Liverpool Retain League Unbeaten Home Record

Liverpool, Stoke City, LeagueLiverpool have maintained their unbeaten home record with a convincing 4-1 victory over Stoke City.

They also closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to six points and moved to second on the league table on Tuesday night at the Anfield Stadium.

Following a disjointed start, Jon Walters headed home at his near post to give Stoke an early lead.

However, the Reds responded positively with Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino scoring to secure the lead over their visitors before the end of the first half.

Giannelli Imbula subsequently directed Divock Origi’s cross into his own net just as Daniel Sturridge netted the fourth with his first league goal of the season.