Jurgen Klopp has said that there is a role at Anfield for Divock Origi next season after some heroics at crucial points of the season, according to the Sunday People, page 56, Sunday 12 May.
Origi has come up trumps against Everton, Newcastle and Barcelona at absolutely vital moments, but there are few who would have expected that to be the case when the season kicked off.
Liverpool narrowly came up short in the title race and while at the start of the season, observers might have pointed to squad depth as a weakness but Origi has done as much as he can to dispel that.
Klopp said: “When you think about how much he was not playing, maybe you think that I don’t like the player that much or I don’t trust him too much.
“But that is not actually right. It is difficult to come in a team when you have Salah, Mane and Firmino. I’m very happy that he is there again and he is really back on our landscape.”
It is credit to Klopp’s management that a player like Origi – who is perhaps not the most naturally talented and has had to patient throughout the season – can maintain motivation and sharpness to make such vital contributions.
The German should still go in pursuit of summer reinforcements but the players he currently has are capable of making a difference – and Origi has earned his stripes this term.