It’s AC Milan for Origi
Divock Origi will join newly crowned Italian champions AC Milan next month after completing his contract with English giants Liverpool where he has played for eight years.
Origi’s father Mike Okoth who is a former striker and captain for national football team Harambee Stars, told People Sport yesterday that the deal was as good as done for his son to join AC Milan and they were only waiting for a medical test before putting pen to paper for the new deal.
“I can confirm that Divock will be joining AC Milan probably next month. He was noted by several clubs among them Newcastle United, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla, but he settled for AC Milan and as a family, we all respect his decision,” Okoth told People Sport yesterday.
He added: “He has played in France, England and briefly in Germany where he had a short loan stint at Wolfburg and playing in Italy will offer him a fresh and new challenge as he hopes to make an impact with the Italian giants just like he did at Liverpool.”
Guard of honour
Origi was on Sunday evening presented with signed pictures and hailed by the Liverpool faithful as he stepped out at Anfield for the final time in a match that they beat Wolves 3-1 as he watched from the terraces as he nursed a knock.
The Kenyan- born Belgian striker, 27, is leaving the Reds at the expiry of his contract next month. He gave Liverpool fans many a memorable moment since arriving at the Merseyside in 2015, most famously scoring twice against Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.
During Sunday’s tribute, Origi emerged from the tunnel to a guard of honour from his teammates while carrying the FA Cup Liverpool won a week ago after beating Chelsea on post-match penalties.
He was then greeted by Liverpool owner John W. Henry and handed a signed picture of some of his most iconic moments as well as a photo of the ‘Champions Wall’. The player leaves Anfield with a cult hero reputation having scored many a late winner and important goal across his 175 appearances for the club.