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Liverpool confirm Divock Origi and surprise record-breaker as part of seven-man clear-out

Divock Origi attending a Liverpool victory parade

Liverpool confirmed Divock Origi is one of seven stars including a record-breaker and an infamous goalkeeper who will leave the club this summer.

It always appeared likely Divock Origi’s future would lay away from Anfield next season. The Belgian forward, 27, was in the final year of his contract and a clause that would’ve triggered an automatic 12 months wasn’t activated.

Prior reports claimed the clause related to Premier League appearances, though Origi did not come close to hitting the target.

AC Milan emerged as the primary contender to snap up his services. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently tweeted Origi will move to Italy in the coming days.

Now, Liverpool have officially confirmed Origi will leave the Reds and paid tribute to his faultless service over the last eight years.

Origi became known for scoring vital goals on the big stage. He was instrumental in the latter stages of Liverpool’s Champions League winning campaign of 2019, scoring two goals against Barcelona in the semi-final before adding another in the final against Tottenham.

He also found tremendous joy in the Merseyside derby, bagging six goals against local rivals Everton.

Aside from Origi, Liverpool’s statement confirmed six other players will depart.

Record-breaker’s exit confirmed

Among the first-teamers who will leave for free are Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Loris Karius.

Woodburn holds the club record for youngest ever goalscorer in a senior competitive match. The Welshman bagged that honour when scoring against Leeds United in the League Cup in November, 2016.

Woodburn was 17 years and 45 days old at the time and that record still stands to this day.

Ben Woodburn after scoring for Liverpool against Leeds United

Karius, meanwhile, became the forgotten man after his implosion in the 2018 Champions League final. After continuing to struggle in pre-season months later, Liverpool forked out £66.8m to sign Alisson Becker

The Brazilian has been a revelation at Anfield and ensured Karius would never play another match for the Reds. After several unsuccessful loan spells away, Karius’ exit has now been confirmed.

The final three names to depart are from the academy. Elijah Bonnar-Dixon, Luis Longstaff and Sean Wilson will all seek new challenges elsewhere.

Liverpool making a mistake with Origi?

Origi has repeatedly proven how valuable he can be from the bench. And with Sadio Mane sizing up a move to Bayern Munich and Takumi Minamino’s future unclear, Origi’s exit could take their forward departures to three.

However, the Reds still have Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino on the books. What’s more, a club-record deal for Darwin Nunez is quickly ramping up.

Jurgen Klopp can also call upon Harvey Elliott for the right wing and new recruit Fabio Carvalho will add a new dimension.

As such, an Origi exit – despite his invaluable contributions – does make sense if he is to realise his ambitions of finally playing regularly.