Liverpool transfer news: Divock Origi to leave for free with AC Milan deal closed | Soccer | sport

AC Milan are closing in on the signing of Divock Origi, who will leave Liverpool on a free transfer this summer after eight years at Anfield. The Belgian, who has made just 14 appearances in all competitions this season, has already cemented his legendary status on Merseyside with several iconic goals that will live long in the memory.

The 26-year-old helped the Reds win the Premier League, Champions League, League Cup, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his spell under Jurgen Klopp after being signed from Lille by Brendan Rodgers after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Over time, Origi has earned a reputation as a super-sub after scoring a string of clutch goals from the bench.

That includes a 96th-minute derby winner against Everton, Liverpool’s second goal in the 2019 Champions League final in Madrid and a 94th-minute winner against Wolves this season – a strike that could still go down well. prove decisive in the Premier League title race.

His brace and overall contribution in the historic Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona three years ago is now also part of Anfield folklore.

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As well as representing one of the biggest clubs in world football in one of Europe’s top leagues, away from the pitch, the 26-year-old is also a huge fan of his fashion.

Milan is considered one of the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world, which also influenced her decision.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract at San Siro is currently up at the end of the season meaning Origi could have a big void to fill should the Swede bid farewell to the Italian giants for the second time.

Milan striker Rafael Leao is also reportedly being courted by Paris Saint-Germain as a potential replacement for Real Madrid-linked Kylian Mbappe, so there could be major changes to the attack.

Rossoneri boss Stefano Pioli is now looking to restore Milan’s place at the top of Italy after a decade in obscurity.

The club are currently on course to win their first Scudetto since the 2010/11 campaign – although Napoli and Inter are hot on their heels.

Although there was an element of sadness on the part of Liverpool boss Klopp over Origi’s departure, he has already made it clear that the striker deserves a taste of regular football.

“(Origi) is an amazing striker and for different reasons he hasn’t played as often, but hopefully one day he finds a manager who plays him more than me,” Klopp said last December after ‘Origi hit a spectacular late winner at Wolves. .

“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life. In this big team, with our three (before), he doesn’t play all the time but he’s a very positive boy, he loves the club, wants to contribute and he did it in an incredible way.

Christy J. Olson