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'I'm not having that': TalkSPORT pundit can't believe what Liverpool man just claimed after beating Everton

Jamie O’Hara says Jurgen Klopp doesn’t really believe that Divock Origi is the best finisher he has at Liverpool.

After Origi scored in The Reds 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday, Klopp insisted that the Belgian is the best option he has in-front of goal. But speaking on TalkSPORT, O’Hara laughed off the manager’s claim.

“Sorry I’m not having that, that’s man-management that’s all that is,” O’Hara said having heard Klopp’s statement read out on air.

“Keeping a player who you’re having on the bench that you need, keeping him happy. Of course he’s a good finisher and he’s top class striker but you’re telling me he’s a better finisher than Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane?”

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Fellow guest Ally McCoist attempted to justify Klopp’s comments to O’Hara, but the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder wouldn’t be turned.

“You put on a session, I’m going to fizz balls at you and you’re going to set it off on the 18-yard-box. Who would you rather there? Divock Origi’s probably at the bottom of the list,” he said.

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No smoke without fire

It’s easy to see why Klopp’s comments may have seemed over-the-top to some. But it isn’t the first time he has talked up Origi’s predatory instincts in-front of goal.

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Back in December Origi claimed a dramatic stoppage-time winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers. After that game, his manager called him an ‘incredible finisher’ via liverpoolfc.com.

Those kind of statements can be easy to scoff at when looking from the outside in. Pundits like O’Hara see a player who rarely plays stacking up against some of the best forwards in the world.

If you delve a bit deeper into Origi’s scoring record for Liverpool, though, you can really see what Klopp is getting at.

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His strike at Anfield on Sunday was the 27-year-old’s 41st goal for Liverpool. That obviously pales in comparison compared to teammate’s Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, despite being at the club for longer than any of them.

However, those 41 goals have been accrued whilst starting just 68 games. That’s a remarkably good strike-rate. In the Premier League he has 22 goals from 29 starts.

There can’t be many strikers out there who can boast such a good record from such limited playing time. Klopp knows that he can trust that should Liverpool get a chance with the stakes high, no matter how long he’s been on the pitch, Origi will bury it.

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