Origi ends 7-year Liverpool stint to join AC Milan

Thursday, May 19th, 2022 18:21 | By
Divock Origi at Liverpool. PHOTO/Courtesy
Divock Origi at Liverpool. PHOTO/Courtesy

Liverpool legend Divock Origi has agreed to join Italian giants AC Milan on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Origi who is the son of former Kenya International Mike Okoth has already agreed on personal terms with AC Milan.

Having fallen down the pecking order for the better part of this season, the Belgian International has been plotting a move away from Anfield and when Stefan Pioli's Milan called, he responded. The 27-year-old' contract with the English giants comes to an end at the close of the season and he did not play enough games to trigger an extension to his current deal.

During his time at Liverpool, Origi was limited to a squad player and only started twice in the league this campaign. In the 2017-18 season, Origi spent a season on loan to Bundesliga 2 side FC Wolfsburg.

In 2019 Origi stole the show and his two goals against Barcelona during the famous Champions League comeback at Anfield enabled the Reds to conquer Europe and win the UEFA Champions League. A year earlier, his late header in the Merseyside derby against Everton sent the Anfield crowd wild as the hosts took all the bragging rights.

Despite his limited appearances, Origi remains a fan favourite at the club due to his contributions at vital moments.

In 2013, Origi snubbed a chance to play for the Kenya national football team, Harambee Stars, even after persuasion from the then FKF office.

Then the head of technical Ely Mukolwe had admitted that the Kenyan FA had tried contacting Origi, then rising through the ranks at French Ligue 1 side Lille, but his father slammed the door at them.

"This is a very promising lad. We are all aware that the main problem with the national team, and even the local league is the striking department. We cannot afford to lose this boy, as he has a long successful career ahead of him and we want it to be with the Harambee Stars," Mukolwe was quoted then by Goal.

In 2014, Origi would be in the plane to Brazil where he scored a goal for Belgium in the World Cup to become one of the tournament's youngest goal scorers. His lone goal against Russia was vital as the Belgians took charge of Group H.

He would later join Liverpool and has helped the club lift the English Premiership, the Champions League, the League Cup, the World Club Cup and recently the FA Cup.

Liverpool are currently in the hunt for a historic quadruple having already won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup but will be hoping to also add the Premier League and Champions League to their trophy cabinet in the next two weeks.

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