Klopp pays tribute to formerly ‘outstanding’ Liverpool man

Date published: Monday 3rd December 2018 8:42

Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to forgotten Liverpool striker Divock Origi after he scored a dramatic winner in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool beat Everton with an Origi stoppage-time goal to remain just two points behind Premier League champions and current leaders Manchester City. You really ought to read 16 Conclusions.

Origi netted his first goal for the Reds since May 2017, bringing to an end a difficult spell with injuries and poor loans.

The Belgian suffered an ankle injury in his last appearance in this fixture, the victim of a horror tackle from Ramiro Funes Mori in April 2016.

And Klopp made note of that striker’s struggles to regain his form and momentum since.

“I said it to him when I sent him on the pitch, actually. I had it in my mind. I’ve never forgot it since,” he said.

“Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case it was so obvious that it was a break in his development.

“At that time he was outstanding. After that, it took a long time before he felt absolutely nothing.

“It all changed a little bit (for him), you lose confidence and you don’t play from here (touching his stomach) any more.

“So it was always in my mind when I thought about Div, that night (against Everton). And now he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine again.”

 

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