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Jurgen Klopp says Divock Origi will be “forever a Liverpool legend” as cult hero closes in on Milan move

By Ben Green

Published: 20:30, 20 May 2022 | Updated: 23:01, 14 December 2022

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Liverpool cult hero Divock Origi a club “legend” as the Belgian forward inches towards a move to AC Milan.

The 27-year-old will see his current contract at Anfield expire in the summer and Klopp has bid the Belgian farewell with the highest praise.

Reports have been gaining serious traction that Origi has agreed personal terms with Milan, who could end their 11-year Scudetto drought this weekend.

Stefano Pioli’s men currently lead the charge in Serie A and will confirm the title if they get a result against Sassuolo on Sunday at the Citta del Tricolore.

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As for Liverpool, they will be hoping for a favour from another club legend in Steven Gerrard, as his Aston Villa take on Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season.

As things stand, there is just one point between City at the top of the Premier League table and Liverpool, who take on Wolves at Anfield in their last game of 2021/22 before they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

In the reverse fixture at Molineux, it was Origi who stole the headlines and further embellished his Merseyside legacy, netting a 94th-minute winner. And ahead of Sunday’s clash against Wolves, Klopp has been lavishing praise on the Belgian ahead of his Liverpool exit.

Klopp said: “We can only do it with those we know are definitely leaving, and that’s Div.

“Yes, I expect him to get a special reception or farewell. He is, and will be for me forever, a Liverpool legend, one of the most important players I ever had.

“That might sound strange, but it is a pure joy to work together. He deserves all good thoughts we can generate for his future.

“Wherever he will go he will be successful. He is an outstanding player, outstanding boy. Everybody in the team loves him. I remember so many things when I think about Div.”