Jurgen Klopp has shared what he told Divock Origi at the player’s Anfield farewell in May. The Belgian’s contract expired this summer.
Liverpool said goodbye to Divock Origi this summer – a player who originally signed with the Reds all the way back in 2014. The Belgian remained with Lille for a year before linking up at Anfield and quickly went on to achieve cult status.
We saw some fantastic performances from Origi and there was a spell in that first season where he looked like a world-beater. Injury, however, cut his form short and he never really regained a first-XI place.
That was the overall story of Origi’s time at Liverpool. He’s a player capable of incredible things, who seemingly has all the talent you want from a centre-forward. An injury was always around the corner, though, interrupting things and pushing him out of the plans.
None of that truly explains what Origi means to Liverpool, of course. The Belgian’s time at Anfield was blighted by injuries but he still managed to consistently deliver iconic moments in Red. Some of them will be remembered forever.
That was the message from Jurgen Klopp as he talked about the player this week. The boss now believes that Origi should get ‘all the luck in the world’.
What Klopp told Divock Origi at his Anfield farewell
“When you think about Divock, you cannot avoid a smile, because so many great moments were only possible because of him. Absolutely outstanding,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “Like the shoulder/header at Newcastle; so many things; the goals against Everton; Champions League, the final. Absolutely great.
“We wish him all the best. That’s what I said to him when I gave him a hug after our last Premier League game when he got his farewell. I said, ‘Wherever you go, I know you will be a success and I wish you all the luck in life because you deserve it'”.
Origi has now joined AC Milan and we’ll be watching him closely. He absolutely does deserve the best in the game right now after years of wonderful service for Liverpool.
He’s a player who has the talent to play regularly for a top team but found himself in a competitive environment that left little room for injuries. The result was that even if Origi delivered the spectacular when he played, we only ever saw him in bursts.
Hopefully, his spell at Milan brings regular starting football. We want to see the best of Origi, after all – even if it’s taken him leaving Anfield to show it.