The hidden clause in £328,000/month Liverpool star’s contract that could trigger automatic 12-month contract renewal

Divock Origi’s Liverpool contract expires at the end of the season which hasn’t received all that much media attention but he could trigger an automatic renewal with a hidden clause in his contract.

He’s currently sidelined with injury although he should be back fairly soon as Jurgen Klopp provided an update on his fitness before the win over Brentford.

Jurgen Klopp hoping to have previously in-form Origi back soon

He said: “From this moment I would say he will be here. And hopefully, fit soon because we actually could use him quite well now.”

Divock Origi

In all competitions, the Belgian forward has made just 10 appearances for Liverpool but he has been effective every time he has appeared this season and fans will not forget his late winner over Wolves in a rush.

Origi has 5 goals and 2 assists this season from just 393 minutes, averaging a contribution to a goal every 56 minutes.

That’s a world-class rate and is better than the rate at which Mohamed Salah is scoring at this season albeit with a much smaller sample size, against tired legs and against weaker teams.

That said, Liverpool could really use him right now with Salah and Sadio Mane absent due to their AFCON commitments.

The hidden clause that could keep Origi at Anfield for another year 

According to the Athletic, Divock Origi is out of contract at the end of the season as things stand.

Divock Origi

There has been some speculation over the duration of his contract and its expiry but James Pearce has confirmed it ends at the end of the season but should he play enough games, it will be automatically extended pursuant to a hidden clause.

The journalist writes: “Unless Origi plays enough games between now and May to trigger an extra 12 months on his contract, he will be a free agent and the Belgian will need to be replaced.”

Origi reportedly earns £82,000 per week at Anfield which equates to £328,000 per month and while he hasn’t been the most prolific player, he probably has the most absurd clutch goals to minutes ratio of any backup striker at any top club in the world.

I don’t think Liverpool will manage to find a backup striker like Origi. With his low wages and willingness to sit on the bench and not complain about game time, the Reds have lucked out.

And that’s before you throw in the Champions League heroics and late Premier League winners…

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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