Danny Mills says it was important that Liverpool got Divock Origi to commit his long-term future at Anfield after seeing the Belgian sign a new contract with the Reds.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender says that the 24-year-old striker, who scored some crucial goals from the bench last season, has never let manager Jurgen Klopp down when called upon.
Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday that they had agreed terms with Origi over a new long-term contract, having taken him to Merseyside as a 19-year-old back in 2014.
Mills insisted that although the forward might not be totally satisfied acting as backup to the likes of Roberto Firmino, he has shown great ability to perform as expected when Klopp has utilised him.
“It’s important that he signed, he’s a fabulous backup striker,” Mills told Football Insider.
“We’ve seen how he came on in games and started games at the back end of last season, you wouldn’t want to lose a player like that, who isn’t happy to be on the bench but clearly understands that he will have to bide his time.
“When he does (play), has not let the club down in any way, shape or form.”
Origi has made 98 appearances across all competitions since his move to Anfield, his five-year spell with the Reds including a season-long loan at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
Last season saw him turn out 22 times and across all competitions, his eight goals including a crucial brace against Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final, the second against Tottenham in the final and crucial winners versus Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.
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