It may have been an inauspicious couple of seasons for Divock Origi since his critical contributions led to Liverpool picking up their sixth Champions League trophy back in 2019, but despite making only two Premier League starts in 2020-21, and accumulating less than 2,000 minutes of game time over the past two years, the Belgian remains grateful and committed to both the club and the city.
In a display of that, the 26-year old launched the Divock Origi Shcolarship on Thursday, a partnership with the University of Liverpool, where the Belgian will be funding tuition and living costs for two students in the coming two years, and an additional two students in the two years following.
Said the Barcelona killer: “From a purpose perspective and understanding the position of influence and impact I’m blessed to have, I know the importance of being given an opportunity, while also truly believing in the ability of future generations to achieve greatness.”
“I am delighted that we have Divock Origi partnering with us to create new opportunities for young people in Liverpool,” chimed in Professor Gavin Brown, pro-vice-chancellor for education at the University. “Divock is an inspiring figure for young people in our city and his support will help us in our aim to nurture local talent and potential.”
He may only have a year left on his deal, and the statue fans wanted built of him back in 2019 looks unlikely to be built, but in addition to the memories, Origi has ensured that he’ll continue to have a material impact on the city of Liverpool even after he moves on.