Danny Mills has urged Liverpool to tie Divock Origi to a new contract to prevent him quitting this summer.
The Belgium international has breathed new life into his Anfield career with his sensational exploits in recent weeks, notably his Champions League double against Barcelona and last-gasp winner against Newcastle United.
Origi is out of contract at Liverpool in the summer of 2020 and, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Mills explained why the club must keep hold of him.
“I would give him a contract,” he said. “He has showed he can finish in huge games and this might give him the confidence to go on, perform and show what he can do.
“You need quality on the bench and Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane aren’t going to play every game. They need quality back-up.
“He seems a player happy to be around it. I would definitely keep him, what he’s done when he’s come in has been brilliant, and Liverpool have the money to give him a good deal.”
Origi has scored six goals from 20 appearances this season, most of which have been as a substitute.
His strikes have been some of the most fiercely celebrated by the club in many years, starting with his last-second Merseyside derby winner against Everton in December.
Origi was strongly linked with a permanent exit from Anfield last summer and then again in January but opted to stay at the Champions League finalists.
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