Divock Origi received a guard of honor from his Liverpool team-mates and a tribute from the Kop as he bid farewell to Anfield.
The cult hero is heading for the exit door with a transfer to Serie A champions AC Milan, reportedly agreeing, ending his career at Anfield which lasted just under eight years.
Origi was injured on his farewell at Anfield as the Reds beat Wolves 3-1 but could still make one final impact in the Champions League final with the illness reported as a ‘minor muscle injury’.
His impact will not be lost on either his team-mates or the fans, however, with the rest of Jurgen Klopp’s squad giving the Belgian striker a guard of honor to say goodbye.
The Kop also held up a fun but heartfelt banner with the words ‘Football without Origi is nothing’.
One of the 27-year-old’s greatest nights came before that exact end to the Anfield crowd, when he scored twice against Barcelona as Liverpool recorded an extraordinary comeback in the League semi-finals 3-0 champions.
A 4-0 win on the night saw the Reds through to the final in Madrid, where Origi scored again as Liverpool became European champions for the sixth time with a 2-0 win over Tottenham.
He has also been a constant thorn in the side of Everton, scoring six goals in the Merseyside derbies, the most by a foreign player in the game’s history.
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The Belgian has been an under-involved player since signing from Lille in 2014, but his impact has been wide-ranging, scoring a number of crucial goals to help Liverpool succeed under Klopp.
After his honor guard, Origi received a copy of ‘The Champions Wall’ showing its impact on Liverpool’s trophy count, given to club owner John Henry and other members of the Fenway Sports Group.
He also stepped onto the pitch with the recently claimed FA Cup as Liverpool paraded their two domestic trophies won this season. #
Liverpool can add one more trophy to their stellar collection by taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Could there be a last hurrah for Origi in Paris?
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