Liverpool are reportedly set to hold on to Divock Origi next season even if a new contract extension cannot be agreed with the Belgian striker this summer.
Origi’s current deal expires in June 2020 and, if not extended, he will be able to leave the club on a free transfer at that stage.
Michael Edwards will enter contract talks with Origi this summer to see if an extension can be agreed after the striker’s impressive contributions in Liverpool’s Champions League exploits in recent months.
The club is apparently willing to take the risk of not selling Origi this summer in the hope that he will not end up leaving for no fee in a year. To prevent that outcome, Edwards and co need to have attained Origi’s signature on a contract extension taking him past his current 2020 contract expiration date.
According to the Daily Mirror, ‘The Reds will not sanction the sale of the striker under any circumstances – even if it means running the risk of losing him on a free transfer next summer… He has been in discussions with the Anfield club over fresh terms as a reward for his late heroics but still has only one year remaining on his current contract for the time being. Even if he does not agree to a new deal, Liverpool will not let him leave under any circumstances as they aim to go one better in the Premier League next season.’
Origi is apparently happy to remain at the club and a good offer is said to be forthcoming from the club so money should not be an issue in any negotiations.
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