Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have a player that people tend to forget how good he is
Jurgen Klopp has been quoted by BBC Live’s coverage of Liverpool beating Milan, as saying that people forget just how good Divock Origi is.
Origi, 26, was a suprise inclusion in the starting line-up on Wednesday night as Liverpool came from behind to beat Milan. He got a delightful assist.
Trent Alexander-Arnold got the first with a deflection, before Milan came roaring back. Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz scored just moments apart.
Mo Salah got an equaliser to make it 2-2, after a wonderful scoop from Origi over the defence. Jordan Henderson powered home a brilliant third.
Speaking after the match, Klopp was asked about his inclusion of Origi. He said fans forget just how good he is, perhaps due to his lack of game time.
“Divock played a superb game,” Klopp said, as per BBC Live’s coverage. “He had cramps which is normal. But people forget how good he is.
“It is difficult to get him in this team. We all thought in the summer offers would come but clearly people do not watch football enough.”
Klopp on Origi: Liverpool boss to blame for perception?
While Klopp has a point that many forget about Origi, and that Liverpool would be better off selling the Belgian – is Klopp to blame?
Last season, Origi was afforded just 17 appearances in all competitions. This season, his start against Milan was a surprise – his first minutes of 21-22.
That lack of game time means it is very easy to forget about any player, even a striker with Origi’s pedigree and proven top-tier quality.
So, while Klopp is right that Origi does get forgotten about – perhaps the German manager is to blame himself, given the striker’s lack of opportunity.