Jurgen Klopp has come out with loads of praise for Divock Origi after the young Belgian has been deprived of first team football this season.
Following a frustrating opening couple of months to the season, Divock Origi was close to his best against Spurs in the EFL Cup midweek, tormenting the North Londoners’ defence with a display full of aggression, pace and raw power.
The Belgian was a driving force in Klopp’s XI for much of the latter half of last season, scoring important goals against the likes of Dortmund, Everton and Southampton but has failed to hit the same heights so far this season.
Jurgen Klopp has, however, asked for patience with regards to the striker and believes now that he is fully fit again, he’s only going to get better.
“For Divock, it’s quite simple,” the boss said. “Last October when I came here, he was far away from the first team. Around January/February time, he showed all of us what kind of a striker he is. After his injury, he needed a bit of time, no rhythm. That’s how it is for a young striker sometimes.”
“Now it’s October again and he’s in a completely different shape. I told him before the (Spurs) game and you could see it in the game before he cramped up. He’s in a good way. He’s still a young boy but he needs to learn. That’s his situation but everything is good. We’re really happy that he’s here and that he’s back and in shape.”
Klopp also outlined why Origi – alongside players like Daniel Sturridge, Emre Can, Danny Ings and Simon Mignolet – need to take their chances with two hands when they’re given them due to the Reds impressive competition for places.
“At a smaller club you play all the time. At a bigger club, you need to use game time. That’s how it is. You sign an agreement. This is a big club. We want to be a big team. For this you need to take what you get and make the best of it. That’s how it works, not only for Divock but for all the players.”
“I’d say I am close to Divock. We have good talks. Will he get impatient? Maybe. What can I do? It can happen and I have to deal with it. That’s why they have this thing between their nose and their chin – we can really talk about it.
“Life as a football player isn’t always pure sunshine. There is a lot of work to do and sometimes you have to wait a bit longer. When you look back on your career at 35, you want to have been the best player you could have been. For this, you need to use each session and Divock is in a good way.”
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