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Origi signs new long-term deal with Liverpool

Divock Origi has committed his future to Liverpool after signing a new long-term contract. Credit: PA

Divock Origi has committed his future to Liverpool after signing a new long-term contract.

The Belgium international had entered the final 12 months of his old deal and was stalling on the offer of a new one because of concerns over playing time.

Last season Origi earned himself cult-hero status with a stoppage-time derby winner against Everton before scoring twice in the 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg success over Barcelona and then again in the final victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

PA understands there is no release clause in the contract, something which had been rumoured as being under consideration by the Belgian, and the club take this as a sign of his long-term commitment.

"I'm very happy to be able to sign this contract and it gives you a boost at the beginning of the season, as well as the end of the season last year," Origi told Liverpool's website.

"When we had to make the decision I just wanted to speak with the club first and my entourage, but the feeling was always that I wanted to stay and extend my contract.

"It's an amazing club, we have a good group, the staff are amazing. Even coming into Melwood, the people that work here and everything, you feel there is something special going on here."

Origi played 21 times last season, not making his first appearance until November 6 and starting just seven games.

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Klopp charged with misconduct after derby celebration

Klopp charged the pitch after Divock Origi's last minute winner. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been charged after he raced on to the pitch to celebrate his side's Merseyside derby winner on Sunday.

The German was overjoyed by Divock Origi's 96th-minute goal and ran over to Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

He apologised for his actions, but the Football Association announced on Monday afternoon that he had been charged with misconduct.

Klopp has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Klopp said after the match: "I didn't want to run. It was not in my plan.

"I didn't want to run to Ali, I couldn't stop obviously. Not cool, but it happened. The more important things happened during the 95 minutes.

"Immediately after the game I apologised to (Everton boss) Marco Silva when we spoke to each other."

Silva said he did not hear an apology from Klopp, and added: "To be honest I didn't see (Klopp's run). I don't know what he did and the way he did it.

"It was a lucky day for him this afternoon, but that is football. I don't think he expected anything like that either.

"I cannot say it was disrespectful because I didn't see, when I see that moment maybe I can speak more about that situation."

Liverpool confirm Origi has joined Wolfsburg on loan

Liverpool's Origi is heading to Germany. Credit: PA

Liverpool have announced striker Divock Origi has joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season.

Belgium international Origi, 22, has had little game time at Anfield this season, making one substitute's appearance for Jurgen Klopp's side.

"Liverpool FC can confirm that Divock Origi has completed a season-long loan move to Wolfsburg," the Merseyside club confirmed on their official website.

Liverpool paid French side Lille £10million to sign Origi in July 2014 when he was still a teenager and in his three-year spell at Anfield he has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances.

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Origi aiming to be Liverpool regular this year

Divock Origi is aiming to become an "important player" for Liverpool after making a goalscoring return to action in Saturday's pre-season game against AC Milan.

The Reds beat their Serie A opponents 2-0 in the International Champions Cup clash in Santa Clara, with substitutes Origi and Roberto Firmino finding the net.

Origi, on his first outing since turning out for Belgium at Euro 2016, opened the scoring just before the hour mark with a smart turn and finish.

Divock Origi wants to be the main man. Credit: PA

I'm very happy to be back on the pitch.

I can feel the confidence from everyone and can improve and enjoy my game.

Year by year I'm improving and I'm still young. The most important thing is to make steps and last year I had some good moments, so I want to learn and become more consistent to help the team even more and become an important player in the team.

– Divock Origi

Liverpool striker Origi could play before end of season

Origi had been in scintillating form. Credit: PA

Liverpool forward Divock Origi has not given up hope of returning from an ankle injury before the end of the season.

The 21-year-old Belgian was forced off during the second half of the 4-0 win over Everton at Anfield on April 20, having earlier scored what was his fifth goal in five appearances.

Origi is confident his rehabilitation is progressing well, and can see himself back in action ahead of the end of the campaign.

"It's progressing well. It's been 10 days now, so I try and improve every day and make steps, we just try and [ensure that] I'm back as quick as possible," Origi said on the club's official website, www.Liverpoolfc.com.

"For example, yesterday and today I feel a big difference, with these injuries it can evolve everyday and we put in a lot of work.

"I come into (training) very early and I leave in the evening, so we (work) a lot of hours, but I think that's necessary because I want to come back as soon as possible."

Origi has not given up on playing again for the Reds this season. He added: "Of course, I believe in it.

"My goal is to come back as soon as possible and I just want to go back on the pitch. I think it's possible, but you never know."

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