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Jurgen Klopp makes Divock Origi transfer admission and Liverpool legend claim

Daily Mirror
 2021-09-16
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Jurgen Klopp has declared Divock Origi will be viewed as a Liverpool legend in a decade - but he also confessed he thought the striker would leave this summer.

Origi, 26, arrived at Anfield from Lille in 2014 and he has made 158 appearances for the Reds, scoring 35 times.

The Belgian managed just one goal in all competitions last season and he was reportedly available to leave Liverpool in the transfer window.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were heavily linked with Origi for many weeks but a move failed to materialise and he made his first appearance of the season against AC Milan on Wednesday.

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Divock Origi provided a crucial assist before he was withdrawn shortly after the hour mark

Despite finding goals hard to come by in recent years, Origi is a cult hero on Merseyside after scoring twice in the Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona in 2019.

He then sealed victory in the final by doubling Liverpool's advantage over Tottenham Hotspur in the closing stages in Madrid.

Klopp insisted Origi has already done enough to warrant iconic status at Anfield as he gave an honest assessment of his work in training and possible summer exit.

"He's done nothing really special [in training], but Divock is a great guy," Klopp told reporters after the 3-2 victory over Milan.

"In 10 years time' when people look back he will be a Liverpool legend. He is too young to be seen as a legend already so he has to play football.

"To be 100 per cent honest, I thought he would leave in the summer, but the football world is a crazy place and obviously people forgot how good he is."

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The Liverpool manager added: "So I have said this, it is really difficult to get in this team and it's just that we have to work and I have to decide.

"There are difficult decisions who to pick, who to bring on and Divock has done nothing wrong.

"He trains, he gives everything and sometimes you still don't play [yourself] into the squad and that can happen when everyone's fit.

"But for tonight he was the right player to do it and he did really well. He wasn't injured, he got a cramp, which is normal and for now that is just it.

"I am really happy today to give him the opportunity and that he used it like he did."

Origi picked up the assist for Mohamed Salah's equaliser early in the second half before he was substituted for Sadio Mane on 63 minutes with the score 2-2.

Jordan Henderson fired the Reds to victory six minutes later with a brilliant half-volley from range.

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