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Liverpool to hand Champions League hero a new deal

Liverpool are ready to hand Divock Origi a new contract following his recent heroics in the Champions League.

Origi scored twice in Liverpool‘s miraculous 4-0 comeback win over Barcelona on Tuesday night, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit to advance to a second successive Champions League final.

The brace followed the Belgian’s match-winning intervention from the bench at Newcastle last weekend, a goal which ensured the title race goes to the final game of the season, with Klopp said to have been impressed by forward’s improvement.

Origi has 12 months remaining on his current deal, but according to The Independent, he will be rewarded for his recent contributions with an extension to keep him at Anfield.

The 24-year-old signed for Liverpool in 2014 after impressive performances as a teenager at the 2014 World Cup. Signed from French side Lille for £10m, Origi was touted as a bright prospect but never developed as the Merseyside club had hoped.

The new deal marks a remarkable turnaround for the forward, who spent last season on loan at German side Wolfsburg. He has often been linked with a move away from the club, with Everton, Wolves and Crystal Palace all reportedly keen on signing him back in January.

Origi’s new deal is reward for his recent performances, having moved himself above the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order at the club.

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