Liverpool pay moving tribute to Divock Origi as cult hero leaves Anfield

Divock Origi leaves Liverpool when his contract expires this summer and received an emotional welcome from fans in a post-match presentation at Anfield

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Divock Origi was presented with signed photos and greeted by the Liverpool faithful as he stepped out at Anfield for the last time on Sunday evening.

The 27-year-old Belgian striker is leaving the Reds when his contract expires in June and AC Milan are frontrunners for his services. He has given Liverpool fans many memorable moments since arriving on Merseyside in 2015, including scoring twice against Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.

Origi was unable to feature in the Reds’ final home game of the season, their 3-1 win over Wolves in the Premier League, due to injury, but the club made sure to pay their respects after the match. He emerged from the tunnel under his teammates’ guard of honor while carrying the FA Cup that Liverpool won earlier in May.

Origi was then greeted by Liverpool owner John W. Henry and presented him with a signed photo of some of his most iconic moments as well as a photo of the ‘wall of champions’. The player leaves Anfield with a reputation as a cult hero after scoring numerous late winners and important goals in his 175 appearances for the club.

It remains to be seen whether he will be able to take part in next Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. The former Lille star scored in the 2019 final against Tottenham, doubling the Reds’ late lead to secure the trophy. He leaves Liverpool with a glut of winners’ medals but hopes to gain more minutes wherever he finds himself.

Jurgen Klopp asked Liverpool to give Origi a proper send-off earlier this week, so he will have been delighted to hear the player’s name echo around the stadium during the emotional post-match presentation.

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Divock Origi was welcomed by Liverpool owner John W. Henry


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The Belgian striker has helped the Reds win the FA Cup this season


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“I expect Div to be given a special farewell,” the Liverpool manager said. “For me he will always be a Liverpool legend and it was a joy to work with him. He is one of the most important players I have ever had. Wherever he goes he will be 100 per cent successful. .

“It will be a tough time when he leaves. He is a Liverpool legend, no doubt.” Origi helped Liverpool win the league title in 2020 but the Reds have dropped a point in this season’s title chase. It looked like they could snatch the title on the final day as Manchester City trailed Aston Villa for 78 minutes, only for Pep Guardiola’s side to come back from two goals down and win 3-2 to secure the trophy.

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