Neil Mellor believes Divock Origi is “desperate” to stay at Liverpool next season, according to the Liverpool FC magazine.
The 24-year-old scored a brace in the Champions League semi-final followed by a strike in the final to help secure the win for Liverpool.
And Mellor thinks the Belgian, who has been offered new terms by the Reds, doesn’t want to leave Anfield this summer.
“[Jurgen] Klopp brought him on against Everton at Anfield with six minutes to go and he scored the winner in the 96th minute. Look what has happened since,” Mellor said.
“He came on to score the winner at Newcastle, netted twice in the 4-0 semi-final comeback against Barcelona and has now scored for Liverpool in a Champions League final victory.
“That is a huge moment for any player so it is credit to him for not giving up on being a Liverpool player. He will have seen, while out on loan, that it’s not great when you leave Liverpool so has proved he is desperate to stay here.
“That has been reflected in the big moments he’s had.”
The former Reds striker added: “It says a lot that Liverpool substitutes contributed 17 goals this season, including one in the final.
“It shows there is a squad mentality, that even though players are disappointed to be named on the bench they’ll still come on and perform.
“The attitude those players have shown displays their professionalism and that is important because if substitutes reflect their disappointment and don’t perform, it can have a hugely negative effect on a dressing room.
“Divock Origi is a good example. He must have been thinking he was way down the pecking order and wouldn’t get game time, but he kept working hard in training to impress the manager and coaching staff.”