Jurgen Klopp is “already happy” with Divock Origi’s performances in Liverpool training.
Origi was expected to leave Liverpool either on loan or permanently this summer, with the Reds wanting around £27m for his services.
But no move materialised, and the Belgian international will remain at Anfield until at least January.
Origi was named in both Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League squads, suggesting he could be used by Klopp at some point.
The manager named the forward as one of two forgotten players who “will have a part to play” this season, and Origi’s father Mike has hinted that could eventually be the case.
“Divock is still a Liverpool player and is still on contract until the end of the 2019-2020 season,” he told the Daily Nation.
“The coach is already happy with what he’s seeing with Divock in training and it’s up to the young man to now fight for a place in the team.
“Dortmund and Valencia showed good interest but they couldn’t match what Liverpool wanted and there was no way Divock was going out on loan again so he will have to fight for his place.”
“In football, you shouldn’t live in past glory but always fight to be the best and to be relevant on the day.
“He has seen the difference between Liverpool and other clubs and will obviously know that he has to fight hard to remain in Liverpool which is a bigger club.
“Three months in football is a long time and Divock is already doing well in training and the coach is happy. Let’s wait and see what will happen between now and the winter window.”