18 Oct 2015

'He's very good': Klopp hails potentially 'world-class' £10m attacker and confirms Liverpool transfer derailed Dortmund bid

During his time at Dortmund, new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly tried to sign both Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, and the German boss has now confirmed that he actively made an effort to sign another of LFC's current players.

In July 2014, The Mirror claimed:

"Brendan Rodgers hopes to beat Borussia Dortmund to the signing of Divock Origi.

"The Germans have emerged as serious rivals to the Reds as both clubs look to tie up a deal".

In his post-match press conference on Saturday, Klopp told reporters:

“I wanted to sign him [Origi] at Dortmund but Liverpool bought him. He is a very good player. He is young, very fast, a good technician. We will have fun with this player, for sure.”

To be honest, if Klopp rates Origi this much, then it arguably casts doubt on his judgement in the transfer market.

Origi - who cost Liverpool £10m - has shown nothing over the last year to suggest that he has what it takes to a consistent Premier League goalscorer, but according to Rodgers:

"He [Origi] can be one of the most exciting talents in world football. He has everything to be world class. By signing him, we'll have a wonderful player. He can light up world football, for sure".

For both Lille and Liverpool, Origi has flattered to deceive, but Klopp clearly feels he can get something extra out of him.

Let's be honest, though - Origi only started the Spurs game because Sturridge, Benteke, and Ings are currently injured.

Klopp's public praise of Origi is probably just a man-management strategy. The Belgian is currently Liverpool's fourth-choice striker, and as soon as Benteke et al return, he'll be relegated to the bench.

I honestly can't see Origi keeping Sturridge or Benteke out of the team, or even Ings, who has three goals to his name already.

Unless, of course, Origi suddenly becomes a goal-machine, and makes himself undroppable, but based on the evidence at White Hart Lane, I can't see that happening any time soon.

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Author: Jaimie K


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