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The Verdict: Are Liverpool right to offer Divock Origi a new contract?

It has been reported that Liverpool are set to offer Divock Origi a new contract as reward for his stunning display against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, with Jurgen Klopp impressed by the Belgium’s decisiveness and work ethic.

The Reds almost let the man they signed from Lille for £10m leave back in January amid interest from Wolves, Crystal Palace and Everton, as well as admiring glances from afar.

However, Origi looks set to be handed an extension to his current deal, which has 12 months remaining, after his heroic exploits against Barca – the 24-year-old netted twice against the Spanish champions to send Klopp’s men through to a Champions League final tie with Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Luis Suarez certainly had no qualms about celebrating against his former employers in the video below…

Given the fact that his stock is now sky-high, and that they were willing to offload him not six months ago, are Liverpool right to now hand Origi a new deal? Football FanCast’s writers have their say…

Jack Saville

“You can’t offer a new deal based on sentiment alone. Origi’s clinical edge helped to carry Liverpool into the final of the Champions League and keep their title dream alive at St James’ Park, but most fans would have laughed off suggestions of a new deal just a few days before he headed home the winner at Newcastle. His reputation has transformed in a matter of days but he’s simply not good enough to be Firmino’s understudy. Liverpool should cash in while his reputation is high and sign a superior replacement in the summer.”

James Beavis

“I suspect Klopp has changed his mind on this one like I have myself in recent weeks. Not long ago I would have said that Liverpool needed to cash in on Origi, but I feel differently now. The 24-year-old is still relatively young in footballing terms, and has proven that he can step up and score hugely important goals when needed – against Newcastle United and Barcelona. It won’t be easy to find someone else willing to play second fiddle to Roberto Firmino, but in the Belgian they have someone that is and that can make a difference too, which is like gold dust. If he continues as he is right now, he could even be a more regular fixture in the starting XI next term.”

Luke Glanville

“In my opinion, Liverpool must cash in on either Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the summer transfer window. How can they get rid of the latter after what he’s done for the club in the last week? Keeping Jurgen Klopp’s men in both Premier League and UEFA Champions League contention. Therefore, it must be Sturridge who goes. And in light of this, why not offer Origi a new deal? He’s proved time and time again how important he can be – the Belgian is the perfect back-up option for any member of the front three.”

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