Jurgen Klopp has confirmed “Liverpool legend” Divock Origi will leave the club this summer, with the forward expected to join AC Milan when his contract expires.
Origi has earned cult-hero status since joining Liverpool in 2015 with a string of iconic goals, most notably his comeback-sealing double against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and his stoppage-time winner against Everton in 2019.
But the arrival of Luis Diaz in January has only heightened the lack of first-team opportunities on offer to Origi and his quest for more regular football is likely to see him trade Merseyside for Milan at the end of the season.
“I expect Div to get a special farewell. For me, he will always be a Liverpool legend and it has been a joy to work with him,” Klopp said.
“He’s one of the most important players I ever had. Wherever he will go he will be successful, 100 per cent.
“It will be a hard moment when he leaves. He is a Liverpool legend, no doubt.”
On other potential outgoings, Klopp added: “I don’t want to see anyone leave but that’s life. No-one has come to me and said they want to leave. It’s not the time for that now.
What happened this year is possible because of the group; world-class players. Kids played their part which was nice too.
“I have no idea who wants to go at the moment but if someone comes to me and says they have a club they want to join we will speak to the club with an offer.”
Earlier on Friday, The Athletic‘s David Ornstein told Sky Sports News: “Origi has agreed personal terms.
“It’s not yet a done deal in terms of a medical and finalising that transfer, but he hasn’t made enough appearances at Liverpool to trigger the extension clause that was in his contract.
“It’s just a case of putting the finishing touches to what would be a pretty iconic transfer at the age of 27, with Milan pushing to win the Italian title and get back into the Champions League, so I think that’s going to happen.”