Liverpool are set to make history under Jurgen Klopp and the German wants to make sure he has all the bases covered to fend off Manchester City.
Firmino, Mane and Salah have put opposing defences to the sword this season. But the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League provided the evidence for the lack of options. The Liverpool side couldn’t trouble Wolves rearguard when the front 3 were rested. There has been a considerable dip in Sturridge’s physical abilities and youngsters like Curtis Jones are not ready yet. So it is unsurprising to hear that Klopp is unwilling to let his backup striker leave this January.
Origi on demand
Jurgen Klopp is keen to retain Divock Origi’s services beyond the January transfer window. He was rumoured to be joining fellow Premier League side, West Ham United. But Klopp isn’t willing to take the risk of leaving his squad too light. According to the Liverpool Echo, the club had previously been open to offers in the £20m region, but now only a ‘change of heart’ will see Origi leave Anfield before the end of the month.
Divok Origi’s Liverpool career hasn’t been the stuff of dreams yet. The 23-year-old Belgian attacker has been a constant figure on the bench since his arrival. This season hasn’t been any different. He didn’t make his first senior appearance of the season until November in the Champions League defeat against Red Star Belgrade. The Merseyside derby gave him the first taste of the Premier League football this season. He started the very next game but since then he is nowhere to be seen.
The departures of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth and Taiwo Awoniyi to Belgian side Royal Excel Mouscron might have influenced Klopp’s decision to keep hold of Origi.
Klopp has high hopes of Origi
Jurgen Klopp feels Divock Origi can move on from his injury issues and thrive at Liverpool. “Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case, it was so obvious that it [the injury] was a break in his development. At that time he was outstanding. After that, it took a long time before he felt absolutely nothing. In the Europa League final [in 2016] he was somehow ready but not completely pain-free. Then there was a tournament [Euro 2016] when he couldn’t really show up there.”
“It all changed a little bit, you lose confidence and you don’t play from here anymore. When Divock played at that time he was an unbelievable threat, he had speed, he was strong, remember the Dortmund game [in the Europa League] and stuff like that. So, it was always in my mind about Div, that night [against Everton]. And coming on tonight, he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine again,” he stated.
Origi’s time at Liverpool hasn’t been as successful as the player might have dreamt. Then-boss Brendan Rodgers paid French club Lille £10m in 2014 for Origi. But he has failed to nail down a position in the starting eleven due to injuries and new arrivals. The player can certainly do with a move away from Anfield but it the right decision by the club and the manger to keep hold of him till his contract runs out this summer.