Jurgen Klopp lifts lid on chat with Liverpool striker Divock Origi
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Divock Origi has to be patient and learn
Jurgen Klopp has lifted the lid on a one-on-one chat that he had with Liverpool striker Divock Origi ahead of Wednesday night’s 6-1 win at Southampton.
Origi was handed his first start in seven games in all competitions at St Mary’s alongside England striker Daniel Sturridge in the League Cup quarter-final.
He’s still young though, and he has to learn
The Belgium international scored a brilliant hat-trick after Sturridge’s first-half brace to help the Reds set up a semi-final meeting with Stoke City.
The 20-year-old has made an underwhelming start to his Liverpool career after he was signed by the Merseyside outfit following an impressive World Cup.
Speaking at his post-match media conference at St Mary’s, Klopp warned Origi that the striker had to continue to learn and to improve.
“We had a talk. We sat together, and it is not too often that you agree on everything with a player!” Klopp said.
“I told him ‘you have to do this, this and this, not do the difficult things too often and so on’ – and he said ‘yes, yes and yes, I know, I know’.
“When he plays, and he only plays for a few minutes, he wants to show everything. That’s normal. Everyone wanted him before Liverpool bought him after the World Cup in 2014, but he has to learn. He has to be patient and to work.
“Today, he made only easy passes, used his speed, defended and took his chances. His game was really good.
“He’s still young though, and he has to learn.”
Origi agreed a £12m deal to join Liverpool in the summer of 2014 before he was loaned back to Ligue 1 side Lille.
The Belgium striker has scored three goals in five appearances in all competitions this season.