Soccer-Milan complete Origi free transfer signing


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Everton - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 4, 2019 Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

(Reuters) - AC Milan have completed the signing of former Liverpool striker Divock Origi on a free transfer, the Serie A champions confirmed on Tuesday.

Origi left Liverpool after eight years in England at the end of last season, having fallen down the pecking order at the club. He has signed a deal until June 2026 in Milan.

The Belgian had to wait for his moments at Liverpool but when given a chance he was often the difference maker, earning cult hero status on Merseyside.

His 95th-minute winner against Everton in 2018 had coach Juergen Klopp sprinting across the pitch in celebration, while he also scored a game-clinching second goal in the 2019 Champions League final, as well as a double in Liverpool's famous 4-0 win over Barcelona that season.

He saved his best for Liverpool's bitter rivals Everton, with his late header after coming off the bench at Anfield in April putting the seal on his team's 2-0 win in a hard-fought Merseyside derby.

It was the 27-year-old's sixth career goal against Everton, at least twice as many as he has managed against any other opponent in his Liverpool career, while he scored 11 goals as a substitute in the Premier League, the outright most by a Liverpool player.

He left the club after scoring 41 goals in 175 appearances and joins a Milan side who won their first Scudetto in 11 years last season under coach Stefano Pioli.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; editing by Clare Fallon)

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