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  2. James Milner scored a double in Liverpool's 3-1 pre-season win against Bradford on Sunday, however his contribution to the day was a whole lot more meaningful than his performance on the pitch.It was a highly poignant day for individuals from both clubs as they paid homage to Stephen Darby, someone who came through the ranks at the Reds before having a distinguished career at the Bantams where he was club captain.Football is so important to so many people, but nothing is more important than your own health and so it proved when the right-back had to retire from the game he loves at just 29 when he was diagnosed with the dreadful terminal neurological condition Motor Neurone Disease.Milner was one of the main architects in making this day such a special one for all involved donating £30,000 to the Darby-Rimmer MND foundation as well as £10,000 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.Speaking after the game, the veteran midfielder said it was the least he could do to help.The Official site reported Milner as saying:Obviously I’m in a fortunate position to help, we help some great causes and Darbs’s foundation is one of many. "How he’s conducted himself, how he is going about what he’s done, setting up the foundation, him and Steph [Houghton] together – we obviously want to help as much as we can. "We’re having another ball this year on December 1 and hopefully we can raise more funds again and some of those will be going to that again.Milner said the awful prognosis that comes with this sort of disease puts life well and truly into perspective."Football becomes secondary. We know how important it is, how much it means to people, how much it changes lives and how happy it makes people. "You see the parade after the Champions League and what it means to people. "Maybe when they’re going through hard times football gives them a bit to take their mind off it. "That’s secondary obviously to everything else and what the disease can do to people and families. "So, the more money we can raise and the awareness to learn more about it because there’s not too much that’s known about the effects and what can help it.Milner said the selfless attitude of Darby along with his nearest and dearest is something incredible to witness first hand. Incredible. I’m proud to know him. Losing his football career like he did, that’s one thing. And then dealing with the disease, having Steph around him, she’s doing incredibly as well – carrying on her football and being there for Darbs at the same time, going through it together. "(He is) thinking about himself and his family but also thinking about others in setting up the foundation and how it can help other people going forward. "He is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. It’s unfortunate what happened. "Today shows how much everybody thinks of him, both the clubs he’s played at and all the people who have come out today. We obviously wish Stephen and his family the very best during this awfully difficult time, and it also highlights what a special guy James Milner is and how lucky we are to have him at the Reds. A true professional in Football and in life as well. View full article
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    Milner: I'm proud to know Darbs

    James Milner scored a double in Liverpool's 3-1 pre-season win against Bradford on Sunday, however his contribution to the day was a whole lot more meaningful than his performance on the pitch.It was a highly poignant day for individuals from both clubs as they paid homage to Stephen Darby, someone who came through the ranks at the Reds before having a distinguished career at the Bantams where he was club captain.Football is so important to so many people, but nothing is more important than your own health and so it proved when the right-back had to retire from the game he loves at just 29 when he was diagnosed with the dreadful terminal neurological condition Motor Neurone Disease.Milner was one of the main architects in making this day such a special one for all involved donating £30,000 to the Darby-Rimmer MND foundation as well as £10,000 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.Speaking after the game, the veteran midfielder said it was the least he could do to help.The Official site reported Milner as saying:Obviously I’m in a fortunate position to help, we help some great causes and Darbs’s foundation is one of many. "How he’s conducted himself, how he is going about what he’s done, setting up the foundation, him and Steph [Houghton] together – we obviously want to help as much as we can. "We’re having another ball this year on December 1 and hopefully we can raise more funds again and some of those will be going to that again.Milner said the awful prognosis that comes with this sort of disease puts life well and truly into perspective."Football becomes secondary. We know how important it is, how much it means to people, how much it changes lives and how happy it makes people. "You see the parade after the Champions League and what it means to people. "Maybe when they’re going through hard times football gives them a bit to take their mind off it. "That’s secondary obviously to everything else and what the disease can do to people and families. "So, the more money we can raise and the awareness to learn more about it because there’s not too much that’s known about the effects and what can help it.Milner said the selfless attitude of Darby along with his nearest and dearest is something incredible to witness first hand. Incredible. I’m proud to know him. Losing his football career like he did, that’s one thing. And then dealing with the disease, having Steph around him, she’s doing incredibly as well – carrying on her football and being there for Darbs at the same time, going through it together. "(He is) thinking about himself and his family but also thinking about others in setting up the foundation and how it can help other people going forward. "He is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. It’s unfortunate what happened. "Today shows how much everybody thinks of him, both the clubs he’s played at and all the people who have come out today. We obviously wish Stephen and his family the very best during this awfully difficult time, and it also highlights what a special guy James Milner is and how lucky we are to have him at the Reds. A true professional in Football and in life as well.
  4. Liverpool are in the market for one of Europe's most exciting young strikers according to reports. However, they face some stern competition if they are to land CSKA Moscow star Fedor Chalov. The 21 year-old Russian has set tongues wagging with his talent in his homeland and is seen as the 'poster boy' for the future of Russian football.The striker averaged a goal every two games in the Russian Premier League to top the domestic scoring charts with 15 goals along with scoring a couple of goals in the Champions League group stages which included one against Real Madrid.However, it is not just putting the ball in the back of the net that he is adept with, as the youngster also registered seven assists and he is viewed as someone with impressive overall game sense and technical skill for someone his age.The Mirror reports that Liverpool are keen on Chalov along with their chief Premier League rivals Man City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.also linked to the Russian international. Chalov's current deal with CSKA runs out in 2022 and the striker who has scored 27 goals in 65 appearances is currently valued at around £20mill.Liverpool's quality in the final third of the pitch is undisputed, but while that is vitally important, so is subsequent depth.While Divock Origi showed his ability to cover for the front three when required to do so, the workload on the Reds squad is going be even more intense as the previous season as the squad will be taking part in the FIFA Club World Cup during the middle of December. Therefore having extra options available will be crucial as the last thing you need is to overburden your key players.While finding regular minutes for the ambitious youngster maybe difficult in the current set-up, it is still worth adding Chalov to the list of names that the Reds have been linked with. And unlike some 'pie in the sky' rumours, this one could be one to follow with interest as the month progresses. View full article
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    Report: Reds interested in Chalov

    Liverpool are in the market for one of Europe's most exciting young strikers according to reports. However, they face some stern competition if they are to land CSKA Moscow star Fedor Chalov. The 21 year-old Russian has set tongues wagging with his talent in his homeland and is seen as the 'poster boy' for the future of Russian football.The striker averaged a goal every two games in the Russian Premier League to top the domestic scoring charts with 15 goals along with scoring a couple of goals in the Champions League group stages which included one against Real Madrid.However, it is not just putting the ball in the back of the net that he is adept with, as the youngster also registered seven assists and he is viewed as someone with impressive overall game sense and technical skill for someone his age.The Mirror reports that Liverpool are keen on Chalov along with their chief Premier League rivals Man City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.also linked to the Russian international. Chalov's current deal with CSKA runs out in 2022 and the striker who has scored 27 goals in 65 appearances is currently valued at around £20mill.Liverpool's quality in the final third of the pitch is undisputed, but while that is vitally important, so is subsequent depth.While Divock Origi showed his ability to cover for the front three when required to do so, the workload on the Reds squad is going be even more intense as the previous season as the squad will be taking part in the FIFA Club World Cup during the middle of December. Therefore having extra options available will be crucial as the last thing you need is to overburden your key players.While finding regular minutes for the ambitious youngster maybe difficult in the current set-up, it is still worth adding Chalov to the list of names that the Reds have been linked with. And unlike some 'pie in the sky' rumours, this one could be one to follow with interest as the month progresses.
  6. Saturday Jul 6: The lads are back in training which means one thing. Milner killing everyone in the lactate test. He’s great isn’t he? Oldest fella there and no-one can stay with him. Joe Gomez was the closest but Milner burned him off on the last lap. It's a little frustrating that half the squad are always away when he does it though, as I'd love to see him and Hendo go head to head on this. I reckon Sadio would be a monster too, as he never seems to get tired. That wasn’t the only video I saw of players running today though. One popped up on my twitter timeline of Pogba running through Central Park. He had someone video it for him so he could post on his social media accounts. He was wearing a shirt with his name on the back too, just on the off chance that someone in New York actually know who he is. What an attention seeking alert he is. His team-mates are doing their pre-season work back in Manchester but he’s spending the week in the US doing some stuff for Adidas. Imagine him trying to pull that shit when Ferguson was in charge. That club is a fucking mess right now and I love it. Also, this was the most running we’ll see Pogba do all season. Egypt are out of AFCON. Mo was devastated but from a selfish point of view it means he’s back a week early. Get some rest Egyptian King, and let’s fucking take City’s crown off them. Over at the Copa America, Messi was sent off in one of the most scandalous decisions I’ve ever seen. He was repeatedly barged and shoved and provoked by Gary Medel, and he didn’t react and didn’t hurl himself to the floor. He just stood there. And he got sent off. Defo some payback by the ref after Messi went public about the officials screwing them over against Brazil. Such a bad decision this one though, I’m genuinely angry about it even though I don’t have a horse in this race. How can a decision like that happen when they have VAR? You know what, just fuck it off completely as we’re still getting as many shit decisions as ever, it’s just that it takes longer to make them. The England women’s team lost their third / fourth placed play off match. Presumably this means MBE’s for Phil Neville and Ellen White? I know it sounds ridiculous, but if Southgate and Kane got them for the exact same achievement then how is this any different? Sunday Jul 7: Megan Rapinoe isn’t happy that the Women’s World Cup final is being played on the same day as two other finals and thinks FIFA got it wrong. I got three words for ya. Wah. Wah. Wah. Didn’t hear the South Americans whining that the Copa America was being held on the same day as a World Cup Final. Brazil won that so congrats to Bobby and Alisson. Quite the summer for them lads. Sadio might be adding to his silverware collection too as Senegal are still going strong and he’s currently the top scorer in the competition. I wonder how many of our lads are going to be in contention for the Balon d’or? Alisson will get some attention now and Mané might if Senegal win. Messi’s stock has fallen these past couple of months too. It’s gonna be Big Virg, isn’t it? Meanwhile, there was another cup final today that went under the radar somewhat. No, I’m not talking about the US Men’s team losing the Gold Cup to Mexico (although that did go under the radar in America, as they only cares about winners). No, the final I’m talking about is the SportPesa Cup. A trophy invented by Everton so they could win something. The trophy even looks like old big ears. You’ve almost got to admire that brazenness of it all. Only problem is they forgot one thing. Winning the game. They lost to Kariobangi Sharks, a team from Kenya. I’m not sure what the level would be over here but I’m guessing the standard is going to be sixth or seventh tier at best. It finished 1-1 and they lost on pens. In fairness, it was mostly a team of kids but even so, it’s still funny as fuck. Theo Walcott played though and had the same kind of impact he usually has in the Premier League. He’s the most pointless player in football. I actually hate him even though there is no reason for it. I hate how pointless he is and that he was a better player when he was 18 than he is now. Utter waste of fucking space. This kind of shit could only happen to Everton though. The Kenyan lads were doing daft celebrations after each pen too, it was just incredibly funny. The keeper even scored the winning pen just to add to the amusement of it all. This is exactly why I no longer write about them in any great depth. Their reality is funnier than any punchline I can come up with. I used to be boss at that too. Taking the piss out of the Blues was arguably my greatest strength in life. Then they robbed me of it by continually beating me at my own game. As a sidenote, when I searched for the highlights of this so I could watch the shoot out, I came across their official channel and I noticed they only had 128k subscribers. To their official fucking youtube channel! For context, ours has 2.6m. How does an established PL team only have 128k subscribers? Come on people, help them out, they’re worth following for the comedy aspect alone. In other news, Shaq is going to be out for a while with a torn calf picked up when he was with the Swiss. Ok, this seems odd to me. Have you seen Shaq's calves? How the fuck do you tear one of those things? Do the Swiss have one of those machines from the new Stranger Things that the Russians are using to tear a hole into the 'upside down'? This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  7. There were times right up until the end of last season when Jurgen Klopp’s lack of a trophy at Liverpool was still being used as a stick to beat him with. Despite having already reached two European finals and one domestic final with the Reds, the German boss’s credentials as a winner were constantly called into question. Even Klopp himself had suggested he needed to win at least one trophy to make good on the promise he made when he arrived. His achievements in Germany were conveniently overlooked because he hadn’t enjoyed success on Merseyside. Of course, that issue was put to bed in the finest way possible with June’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur. The question now is: where does Klopp go from here? A more effective approach During the last campaign, it was often pointed out that Liverpool were not as enjoyable to watch as they had been in the previous campaign. The football did not have the same exhibition quality yet they accumulated 22 more points and scored five more goals in the league. Significantly, they also conceded 16 goals less highlighting the impact of new signings Alisson and Virgil van Dijk. This evolution towards a more effective but less attractive style of play nearly bagged the club their first Premier League title in nearly 30 years and Klopp will be determined to secure that elusive piece of silverware. Premier League priority The Reds are currently priced at 9/4 to land the Premier League title in the coming season and punters taking advantage of Unibet offers in UK might be tempted to back Klopp’s men with their bonus bets. But what does the enigmatic boss need to do to overhaul Manchester City? Pep Guardiola’s men have already spent money strengthening their squad while the Liverpool management team seem quietly content with what they have got. As usual, fans will be demanding big name signings but so far, there has been little to suggest the Reds are looking to splash the cash. Either that, or they are keeping their cards very close to their chest. Replacement for Sturridge The return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez will give the squad an instant boost and Klopp seems convinced he can still make good use of a fit Adam Lallana. But there is a case to be made that the Anfield club should target another striker to replace the outgoing Daniel Sturridge. Divock Origi continues to prove his worth but a more dynamic and creative back-up man who can put genuine pressure on the current front three could help the Reds to close the gap on City’s goal tally and turn some of those frustrating draws into victories. A quieter summer expected Identifying such a player is a job for the recruitment team and it may be the right man is not available. Established names may not want to join a set-up where they are not guaranteed first-team football and lower profile players who can step-up are few and far between. Whatever happens, Klopp has found a formula he will look to tweak rather than change too much. So anyone expecting another bumper transfer window could be left disappointed.
  8. Jurgen Klopp has once again reiterated that Liverpool will not be big spenders in the summer transfer window.Speaking in the aftermath of Liverpool's 6-0 triumph against Tranmere in their opening pre-season game at Prenton Park on Thursday evening, Klopp said the growth would come internally.Sky Sports reported Klopp as saying:"We brought them already. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster, they didn't play last year. All the young boys today, they're all new players for us.""The transfer market is open until August 8th. This wonderful country, the whole of Europe had the idea to close the transfer window early and the only country who did it was England finally. "So we close it three weeks before the others. We will see what we do, but I don't think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time."One of the players that Klopp has identified as a exciting prospect is Brewster and the youngster certainly did not let him down which the manager was not the least bit surprised by. "I love the boy, he is a fantastic player but one of the goals I would have scored. "We knew Rhian was a good player before. Why should I play it down? I just don't want to talk after a game about the guy who scored two goals. I saw a really good game and Rhian is a fantastic player." The German said how much first team action the youngster gets this season will be purely down to his own performance and ability to adapt."100 per cent [it is a big season] but it depends on him as well. "Divock Origi stays which is good news, Bobby Firmino is still there."Rhian Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him."We will see. He has to play different positions as well - the centre, wing is possible I think, we will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure." View full article
  9. Jurgen Klopp has once again reiterated that Liverpool will not be big spenders in the summer transfer window.Speaking in the aftermath of Liverpool's 6-0 triumph against Tranmere in their opening pre-season game at Prenton Park on Thursday evening, Klopp said the growth would come internally.Sky Sports reported Klopp as saying:"We brought them already. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster, they didn't play last year. All the young boys today, they're all new players for us.""The transfer market is open until August 8th. This wonderful country, the whole of Europe had the idea to close the transfer window early and the only country who did it was England finally. "So we close it three weeks before the others. We will see what we do, but I don't think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time."One of the players that Klopp has identified as a exciting prospect is Brewster and the youngster certainly did not let him down which the manager was not the least bit surprised by. "I love the boy, he is a fantastic player but one of the goals I would have scored. "We knew Rhian was a good player before. Why should I play it down? I just don't want to talk after a game about the guy who scored two goals. I saw a really good game and Rhian is a fantastic player." The German said how much first team action the youngster gets this season will be purely down to his own performance and ability to adapt."100 per cent [it is a big season] but it depends on him as well. "Divock Origi stays which is good news, Bobby Firmino is still there."Rhian Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him."We will see. He has to play different positions as well - the centre, wing is possible I think, we will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure."
  10. Ryan Kent has emerged as another first team option with Jurgen Klopp rejecting the option of the 22 year-old going on loan for another season.Kent has been a regular on the loan circuit in recent seasons having spells at Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg, Bristol City and last year under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard at Rangers.It was in Glasgow where he flourished, winning the Scotland PFA Young Player of the year as well as being in the Scottish PFA team of the year.Naturally, Rangers were very keen to hang onto the winger for another season where he scored six goals from over 40 appearances for the club. Leeds had also registered a interest, but the Mirror reports that with a number of Klopp's key attacking options having a busy off-season due to international duty, he is keen to keep him.It is another sign that the manager is looking to build depth from within, and to reward some of the players who have done the hard yards in aiming to get their career off the ground at the senior level.Kent will be on the plane to the USA for the Reds pre-season tour where he undoubtedly will get some opportunities to impress. View full article
  11. Ryan Kent has emerged as another first team option with Jurgen Klopp rejecting the option of the 22 year-old going on loan for another season.Kent has been a regular on the loan circuit in recent seasons having spells at Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg, Bristol City and last year under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard at Rangers.It was in Glasgow where he flourished, winning the Scotland PFA Young Player of the year as well as being in the Scottish PFA team of the year.Naturally, Rangers were very keen to hang onto the winger for another season where he scored six goals from over 40 appearances for the club. Leeds had also registered a interest, but the Mirror reports that with a number of Klopp's key attacking options having a busy off-season due to international duty, he is keen to keep him.It is another sign that the manager is looking to build depth from within, and to reward some of the players who have done the hard yards in aiming to get their career off the ground at the senior level.Kent will be on the plane to the USA for the Reds pre-season tour where he undoubtedly will get some opportunities to impress.
  12. Harry Wilson seems likely to get a big move this transfer window with Aston Villa the short priced favourites to sign the Welsh international on a permanent deal.The 22 year-old was a revelation for Derby County in the Championship last season scoring 18 goals and contributing four assists for the Rams across all competitions, while the previous season saw Wilson win rave reviews for his performances on loan at Hull.The Birmingham Mail reports that the Villains have jumped to the head of the queue of a long list of clubs interested in signing the midfielder including Brighton, Bournemouth, Wolves, Leicester and Leeds.There had also been talk that Jurgen Klopp may look to use Wilson who signed a long term deal last season as a squad player once he returned from Derby.The Reds manager was in close contact with then Rams manager Frank Lampard who was constantly glowing in his praise of the youngster. While there is still a possibility that Wilson may be kept at Melwood season or indeed sent away on loan for the upcoming campaign, the more likely and logical scenario is that Wilson will be sold so he can look to build his career as a consistent first team player. View full article
  13. Harry Wilson seems likely to get a big move this transfer window with Aston Villa the short priced favourites to sign the Welsh international on a permanent deal.The 22 year-old was a revelation for Derby County in the Championship last season scoring 18 goals and contributing four assists for the Rams across all competitions, while the previous season saw Wilson win rave reviews for his performances on loan at Hull.The Birmingham Mail reports that the Villains have jumped to the head of the queue of a long list of clubs interested in signing the midfielder including Brighton, Bournemouth, Wolves, Leicester and Leeds.There had also been talk that Jurgen Klopp may look to use Wilson who signed a long term deal last season as a squad player once he returned from Derby.The Reds manager was in close contact with then Rams manager Frank Lampard who was constantly glowing in his praise of the youngster. While there is still a possibility that Wilson may be kept at Melwood season or indeed sent away on loan for the upcoming campaign, the more likely and logical scenario is that Wilson will be sold so he can look to build his career as a consistent first team player.
  14. Liverpool's summer of efficient consolidation has continued with the re-signing of Divock Origi on a long term contract.The Belgian striker certainly has had his ups and downs in his time with the Reds and on a quite a few occasions seemed headed for the exit door.Being a back-up striker is never a easy position occupy in a squad, especially when you have the calibre of forwards that Liverpool have at their disposal.But when a rare opportunity came for Origi to show his talents on the big stage in the latter part of last season, he showed the poise and finishing quality of someone who had been starting on a weekly basis.Seemingly overnight he had transformed from a player on the periphery, into a very important and dependable member of Jurgen Klopp's squad.Still, there was reports that the 24-year old was exploring his options after entering the final year of his Liverpool contract in the prospect of regular playing time.However, the lure of playing a key part in a successful era for the Reds has seen him sign a long term deal.Speaking to the Official site, Origi actually said leaving was never on his mind. " I always felt comfortable here. I made steps during my career, I say that I became a man here at this club, I signed when I was 19. "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.The re-signing of the powerfully built striker is just one of a number of key players who have committed their future to the club over the past 12 months and Origi explained why that is the case. "It’s a combination of so many factors. 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. "We’re still young so there’s a lot of potential in the group. 'I’m just having fun in training and on the pitch. Those are all important factors as a player.Klopp is incredibly protective of his players and often takes reporters to task who question them publicly.It is that sort of loyalty which builds tremendous relationships between players and managers and Origi said that Klopp is just someone you want to play well for. "We have a good relationship. Everyone knows how good a coach he is, he is a big coach – and before that he is a good man. "He pushes us as a team and, for me, it’s important to have somebody who knows football and knows how to speak with players and make them perform to their best. "I’ve made steps under him and that shows how the last couple of years have been.Origi said the manager is always someone that will give you a opportunity but you have to be good enough to grab that chance with both hands, something that he managed to do."It was a challenging season, but I always believed if I continued to do the right things and had fun on the pitch, it would come by itself. "In the end, I got the chance and I was happy to be able to contribute in the right way. It was a very special season. Whatever Origi does for the rest of his career, he will be always known as a Champions League winner who scored the all-important second goal which sealed number six for the Reds."It was a very special night. Words can’t describe the feeling I personally had that night and what we experienced coming back for the parade. "I’ve experienced special moments and I know sometimes it takes time to really fully realise what you did. What we do know is that we have a good group, a young group, good staff and the fans are behind us – everything is there to have a successful run. In terms of the goal itself, Origi said it was something he will never forget."It was emotional, it was very emotional. It was a dream for me as a young kid to play on that stage. "Then obviously you get the chance and to be able to score – and what that goal meant for the team – was a very special moment. It’s something I’ll never forget."For Origi, the plan for the upcoming season is simple."To keep progressing and trying to maximise the potential and talent I have each and every day. "At the end of my career I want to sit back and be proud that I used all of my gifts and talents. "I think the next years are going to be very special – prime years, maybe – and I’m going to try to use them to the fullest.As fans, we look forward to watching Divock's progression with plenty of interest. View full article
  15. Liverpool's summer of efficient consolidation has continued with the re-signing of Divock Origi on a long term contract.The Belgian striker certainly has had his ups and downs in his time with the Reds and on a quite a few occasions seemed headed for the exit door.Being a back-up striker is never a easy position occupy in a squad, especially when you have the calibre of forwards that Liverpool have at their disposal.But when a rare opportunity came for Origi to show his talents on the big stage in the latter part of last season, he showed the poise and finishing quality of someone who had been starting on a weekly basis.Seemingly overnight he had transformed from a player on the periphery, into a very important and dependable member of Jurgen Klopp's squad.Still, there was reports that the 24-year old was exploring his options after entering the final year of his Liverpool contract in the prospect of regular playing time.However, the lure of playing a key part in a successful era for the Reds has seen him sign a long term deal.Speaking to the Official site, Origi actually said leaving was never on his mind. " I always felt comfortable here. I made steps during my career, I say that I became a man here at this club, I signed when I was 19. "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.The re-signing of the powerfully built striker is just one of a number of key players who have committed their future to the club over the past 12 months and Origi explained why that is the case. "It’s a combination of so many factors. 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. "We’re still young so there’s a lot of potential in the group. 'I’m just having fun in training and on the pitch. Those are all important factors as a player.Klopp is incredibly protective of his players and often takes reporters to task who question them publicly.It is that sort of loyalty which builds tremendous relationships between players and managers and Origi said that Klopp is just someone you want to play well for. "We have a good relationship. Everyone knows how good a coach he is, he is a big coach – and before that he is a good man. "He pushes us as a team and, for me, it’s important to have somebody who knows football and knows how to speak with players and make them perform to their best. "I’ve made steps under him and that shows how the last couple of years have been.Origi said the manager is always someone that will give you a opportunity but you have to be good enough to grab that chance with both hands, something that he managed to do."It was a challenging season, but I always believed if I continued to do the right things and had fun on the pitch, it would come by itself. "In the end, I got the chance and I was happy to be able to contribute in the right way. It was a very special season. Whatever Origi does for the rest of his career, he will be always known as a Champions League winner who scored the all-important second goal which sealed number six for the Reds."It was a very special night. Words can’t describe the feeling I personally had that night and what we experienced coming back for the parade. "I’ve experienced special moments and I know sometimes it takes time to really fully realise what you did. What we do know is that we have a good group, a young group, good staff and the fans are behind us – everything is there to have a successful run. In terms of the goal itself, Origi said it was something he will never forget."It was emotional, it was very emotional. It was a dream for me as a young kid to play on that stage. "Then obviously you get the chance and to be able to score – and what that goal meant for the team – was a very special moment. It’s something I’ll never forget."For Origi, the plan for the upcoming season is simple."To keep progressing and trying to maximise the potential and talent I have each and every day. "At the end of my career I want to sit back and be proud that I used all of my gifts and talents. "I think the next years are going to be very special – prime years, maybe – and I’m going to try to use them to the fullest.As fans, we look forward to watching Divock's progression with plenty of interest.
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