Liverpool legend joins Italian champions

After being released by Liverpool at the conclusion of last season, Divock Origi has joined AC Milan, the Serie A winners revealed on Tuesday.

Milan said in a statement that the 27-year-old Belgian international has “signed a deal with the club until 30 June 2026” for a reported four million euros ($4.23 million dollars) per season.

Origi joins the Serie A club after failing to play enough games for Liverpool to trigger a contract extension.

He was a bit-part player for the Reds but scored crucial goals over his eight years on Merseyside, making him a fan and manager Jurgen Klopp’s favorite.

Two of those goals came in an incredible comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals in 2019. The other came in that year’s final as Liverpool won their sixth European Cup against Tottenham.

After joining Liverpool in 2014, Origi appeared in 176 games and scored 41 goals.

He has 32 caps for his country, however, all three of his international goals have come in 2014.

Milan signed Origi to boost a front line that struggled for goals despite winning the Serie A championship last season.

Coach Stefano Pioli’s two senior center-forwards, Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, combined for 19 league goals.

Ibrahimovic was declared out for up to eight months after knee surgery, having missed major sections of Milan’s championship run due to injury.

Two days after Ibrahimovic’s operation director and club veteran Paolo Maldini revealed the 40-year-old planned to continue playing, Italian media reports that Milan is ready to extend his contract by another year.

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