Liverpool forward’s future could hinge on upcoming meeting after Klopp makes renewal ‘impossible’
The future of Divock Origi could be determined during the international break as AC Milan circle, and a report has revealed why it’s unlikely he will stay at Liverpool.
The Belgian forward, 26, has developed a reputation for being Liverpool’s unlikely hero on the big stage. Indeed, Origi famously notched the first and fourth goals when the Reds overturned a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Origi went on to score in the Champions League final later that season before nodding home a last-minute winner in the Merseyside derby the following year.
His remarkable heroics continued into the current campaign when notching another injury-time winner against Wolves in December.
But despite writing his name into Liverpool folklore, his minutes have continued to decline season after season.
Indeed, Origi has been afforded just 71 minutes of league action this term. Given Liverpool’s forward line has seen Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz arrive in recent times, it’s easy to see why.
Origi’s current contract expires at season’s end and reports from Italy have already put AC Milan in the frame. Calciomercato recently detailed the Rossoneri’s interest, with their report claiming talks were already advanced.
Divock Origi in advanced talks with AC Milan
Divock Origi looks set for Italy switch as AC Milan talks advance
The latest from Italy has confirmed talks have taken place, though suggested a deal is nowhere near close to being agreed. Though it has been detailed why Origi is unlikely to remain at Anfield nevertheless.
TuttoMercatoWeb confirm a meeting took place on Monday between Origi’s camp and AC Milan’s representatives.
However, genuine progress over a free agent acquisition will not be made until a further meeting takes place during the international break. That particular break will commence nine days from now.
The outlet also confirms Inter Milan and Juventus were sounded out over Origi. Though neither side deemed the Belgian a suitable addition, thus leaving the door ajar for AC.
Automatic Origi extension now impossible
There has been strong speculation Origi could yet remain at Anfield pending a performance-related contract extension. Indeed, Calciomercato reported a one-year extension would be activated if certain conditions were met.
TuttoMercatoWeb do not outright state what would trigger the extension. However, they do state it is now ‘impossible’ that the requirements can be met and mention it relates to the number of appearances Origi makes.
One line of thinking could be the clause related to 10 league starts. Following Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal on Thursday night, the Reds now have nine league matches remaining.
Origi is yet to be given a single start by Jurgen Klopp in the league this season. And with the automatic extension now removed from the equation, it’s looking increasingly likely Origi will leave in the summer.
READ MORE: Tottenham breathe sigh of relief after PSG ditch pursuit in favour of Liverpool hero