Jurgen Klopp: This Liverpool star is ready to shine after difficult summer
The Liverpool manager delivers verdict on Belgium striker Divock Origi and his cameo performance at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp says Divock Origi is ready to play a big part in Liverpool’s season after a difficult summer.
The Belgium international was a first-half substitute for Philippe Coutinho after the Brazil international suffered a serious ankle injury during Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Sunderland.
Origi broke the deadlock in the 75th minute with a close-range finish past Black Cats goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at Anfield to calm nerves.
Summer signing Sadio Mane was brought down inside Sunderland’s penalty area in added time at the end of the second half and James Milner converted his effort from the penalty spot.
Origi came into his own under Klopp in the second half of the 2015-16 season as he scored a number of crucial goals to help the 18-time English champions reach the Europa League final.
After a difficult summer with Belgium before returning to Liverpool for pre-season, Klopp believes Origi is finally ready to shine in his Reds side.
“I am fine, really happy about the skills of the boys, but injury is never a positive thing. Only to show that Divock Origi is a good football player, I don’t need injury of another player. But when Div came in, it’s how it is in life, timing is very important and now he’s ready again and that’s good,” Klopp told his post-match media conference at Anfield on Saturday evening.
“Maybe it’s a coincidence in this situation, but he’s ready again. He had a few problems after the summer break, not big, then he nearly played nowhere, not for Belgium, not for us and that’s not good.
“He was switched on from the first second, and it’s not an easy situation, nobody could’ve expected in this moment that we had to make a substitution, but we did it and Div was immediately in the game, that was really, really important.
“I saw the goal now, – you can play how you want, where you want [but] in the end you need someone who shoots the ball in the goal and that was the situation.”
Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and a point adrift of leaders Chelsea.