It will not be the dream finale many hoped for Origi, who has been ruled out of tonight’s final with a muscle injury suffered in training last weekend.
But the Belgian, who is confirmed to be leaving on the expiry of his contract on July 1, is still part of the Liverpool squad in Paris with Jurgen Klopp eager to keep him around.
Origi watched on as the Reds took in their open training session at the Stade de France on Friday evening, and stayed with the squad in the team hotel before departing for final preparations on Saturday morning.
The 27-year-old is expected to join the substitutes’ bench but not be part of the 23-man matchday selection, with third goalkeeper Adrian and fifth-choice centre-back Rhys Williams the other two travelling players likely to be omitted.
Though a free transfer to AC Milan is in the process of being finalised, this is a marker of Klopp’s regard for his long-serving No. 27.
He was on loan at Wolfsburg when Liverpool reached their first Champions League final under Klopp in 2018, but played a pivotal role on the road to Madrid a year later.
It was Origi who netted the winner against Barcelona in the incredible semi-final comeback, before scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the final.
Amazingly, only four of his 41 goals for Liverpool came in the Champions League – but despite that, he is a bona fide legend of the club for his role in securing No. 6.
There is no sign of Loris Karius, who will also leave on a free transfer this summer, out in Paris.