£45,000-a-week striker signed five-year contract with Merseyside club

Divock Origi has signed a new five-year contract with the Merseyside club after playing a decisive role during the club’s sixth Champions League trophy win last campaign. Belgium international returned to Liverpool last summer following a barren loan spell with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and wasn’t expected to feature in Klopp’s plans.

However, Origi ended up providing crucial goals for the club, scoring twice in the Champions League semi-final comeback against Blaugrana before netting again in the final win over Tottenham. Divock has been linked with several clubs across Europe following his impressive end of season form, but he wished to stay at Anfield.

He told Liverpool’s website: ‘I’m delighted to be able to sign this contract, and it gives you a boost at the beginning of the campaign, as well as the end of the campaign last year. So I’m pleased. ‘I always felt comfortable here. I made steps during my career. I say that I became a man here at this club, I signed when I was 19.

‘When we had to make the decision, I just wanted to speak with Liverpool first, and my entourage, but the feeling was always that I wanted to stay and extend my contract. The Belgian striker scored seven goals in 21 matches for the Reds in all competitions last season and will provide competition for Roberto Firmino next campaign.

Liverpool had an excellent result in the Premier League as they finished the tournament in a second position. Reds heavily linked with Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech and Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa.