Liverpool have opened talks with Champions League hero Divock Origi over a new contract, Football Insider understands.
Football Insider revealed early last month that Liverpool were ready to offer an extension to the Belgium international after the strong impression he had made on and off the pitch this season.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that discussions have now begun with Origi’s camp over a deal that will keep him at the club beyond next summer, when his current agreement expires.
Jurgen Klopp has been convinced not only by Origi’s vital goals but also his attitude and application at the club’s Melwood training headquarters.
It has been quite a turn-around for the 24-year-old, who had appeared a near-certainty for the exit door last summer and then again in January after spending last season on loan and then being reduced to a fringe role.
But Origi has grasped the sensationally opportunities that have come his way, following up his last-gasp Merseyside derby winner over Everton with a late winner against Newcastle United and a stunning double in the remarkable 4-0 Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona.
Origi has mainly been a substitute in his 20 appearances this season but has scored six goals, including some of the most celebrated in the club’s recent history.
Liverpool are hopeful they can tie Origi down to an extended deal although they are likely to have to pay him beyond in excess of his current £60,000-a-week agreement.
The forward will hope he has done enough to convince Klopp to start him in the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid on 1 June.
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