Divock Origi comments show Jurgen Klopp's secret weapon for Liverpool run-in
He may only have played a bit-part role in Liverpool’s season to date, but Divock Origi could prove to be a crucial asset for Jurgen Klopp as the season nears a close with the Reds fighting it out for Manchester City in the title race.
The Belgian has made only four starts in all competitions this season, but was intriguingly deployed in a wide role by the coach against Watford. It is a change which the forward has admitted that he enjoyed.
“I loved that role. Even in the youth teams, I used to play up front and on the wing so I’m comfortable in both positions. People have maybe seen me more up front in the last couple of years but I totally love it on the wing as well,” Origi told the Official LFC Magazine, as shared by the club’s website.
“I enjoyed linking up with Sadio [Mane] and Mo [Salah] but of course they are top players which makes it easier for me and I think it was just about having fun. Being an offensive player, I like it when I have space in front of me. That’s always good and I think we turned in a really good performance that night.”
That tie was his first full 90 minutes of Premier League action of the season, scoring as he looked dangerous on the flank, and it may be a weapon for Klopp to keep in mind.
As Xherdan Shaqiri struggles with injury having been forced to withdraw from international duty, Klopp’s options in attack have taken a blow but Origi could be the answer to rest and rotate as the fixtures come thick and fast.
With his Anfield future potentially dependent upon how he performs in the weeks to come, and having played a role in six of the past seven games, it could be a turning point in his career.