AC Milan appears to have completed their first signing of the summer transfer season, with Liverpool’s Divock Origi joining as a free agent. Origi’s 8-year stint with the Reds will end as Milan looks to bolster their attacking alternatives.
Rafael Leo, Olivier Giroud, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic contributed to Milan winning their first Scudetto in almost a decade last season. With Leo rumoured to be on his way to La Liga champions Real Madrid, and Giroud and Ibrahimovic nearing the end of their careers, bringing in a 27-year-old Origi, who still has many prime years ahead of him, could be a wise move.
Milan director Paolo Maldini revealed this morning that the club is in “talks with Origi” and that the talks are going “very well.” After spending the last several years in the shadow of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mané, the idea of living in the limelight in Milan will delight Origi. Having said that, he will cherish his memories of his time at Liverpool, where he has become a real cult icon.
Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to want to replace Origi aggressively. While he is frequently trusted to score for Liverpool in the dying embers of games, their depth in attacking areas, which has limited Origi’s playing opportunities in recent times, has left Liverpool well equipped for life beyond the Belgian’s departure
As a result, it appears Origi will never wear the red shirt of Liverpool again. The Belgium international suffered a muscular strain and was unable to play against the Wolves on the last day of the season. He also appears to be out of the Champions League final. Nonetheless, his goal in 2019 final is to lay Spurs to rest and ensure Liverpool’s win will live on in the hearts of the Anfield crowd. A true cult hero who will be sorely missed.