Jurgen Klopp has launched a light-hearted defence of Liverpool forward Divock Origi – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter have gone wild about the comments.
The Reds manager was asked about some of the elite players that have previously played for their upcoming Champions League opponents Genk.
Kevin De Bruyne, Kalidou Koulibaly and Wilfred Ndidi have all previously been at the Belgian club earlier in their careers.
But Klopp was quick to point out in his press conference that Liverpool’s Origi is another big name that once played for Genk and labelled him a “legend”.
“Divock Origi too, don’t forget him. Liverpool legend, he’s quite famous here,” Klopp responded (Liverpool Echo) when asked about previous stars to play for Genk.
Origi is not someone that fits into the best XI at Liverpool and often has to make do with a spot on the bench, but he’s become an extremely popular figure at Anfield over the last year.
The 24-year-old centre-forward has become renowned for some huge goals and he’s got a knack of arriving on the big occasion.
He recently scored a 94th minute equaliser against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, which allowed Liverpool to progress on penalties.
The striker last season scored late crucial goals in the Champions League final, Champions League semi-final and also a stoppage time winner against rivals Everton in the Premier League.
Here are some Liverpool fans responding to Klopp’s comments:
????? my manager
— – (@trent665) November 4, 2019
He ain’t wrong
— Sven Kral (@SebbeKral) November 4, 2019
Well said , don’t forget origi , top manager ⚽️
— Phil Holland (@redmanphil15) November 4, 2019
Always fun to listen to boss press conference ♥️?
— Ibeachu Emmanuel (@EmmanuelIbeachu) November 4, 2019
Divock is indeed a legend…
— lfc_allan (@allan_liverpool) November 5, 2019
This man is the best just an amazing my coach
— Originals???? (@OriginalsYo) November 4, 2019
Who wouldn’t wanna play for this man?
— SadiooOtee (@zrul_hafiz) November 4, 2019
This is why he will always be loved by this team and supporters! He makes sure his players get the respect and credit they deserve! pic.twitter.com/VeUYVTnjeB
— Matt Swanson (@MattSwanson125) November 4, 2019
— Liverpool GFN (@LiverpoolGFN) November 4, 2019