By Wayne Veysey
Liverpool are confident Divock Origi will agree a new long-term contract after Jurgen Klopp held talks with him while on holiday, Football Insider understands.
The Champions League winners have offered the Belgian striker a five-year deal with a significant pay hike following his goal heroics last season.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Origi has yet to give the club a definitive answer but they are hopeful he will put pen to paper after manager Klopp spoke to him while he was on holiday.
The German assured the 24-year-old he will have a big role to play again next season even though there will remain intense competition for places in the attacking positions at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are set to remain the first-choice forwards, although Origi is set to have a big role to play early in the campaign if he stays as all three have been playing in international tournaments this summer, at the Africa Cup of Nations and the Copa America.
Football Insider revealed in April that Liverpool were ready to offer an extension to the Belgium international after the strong impression he made even before his sensational late-season goal heroics.
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 Origi, 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.
He was mainly a substitute in his 21 appearances last season but scored seven goals, including some of the most celebrated in the club’s recent history, most notably in the Champions League final and semi-final, and last-gasp Premier League winners against Everton and Newcastle United.
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