Divock Origi heaps praise on Jurgen Klopp, says he trusted him when others raised doubts
Belgian striker Divock Origi has been in impressive form this since, especially after the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at the Anfield club. The 21-year-old put in a series of majestic performances in the second half of the season, which also saw him getting the nod ahead of Daniel Sturridge in a couple of big games.
However, a poor tackle from Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori saw him missing the last few games of the season, but a quick recovery saw him returning for the Europa League final and he is now preparing for the Euros in France.
The 21-year-old has been speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe ahead of their opening game against Italy on Monday. Origi thanked Jurgen Klopp for his recent development and explained how the Liverpool boss helped him during a difficult period.
“He taught me to play in his system, and trusted me. It was not easy to arrive at this club. I am young. There were people who doubted me. Personally, I never doubted myself.
“Klopp asked me to play with instinct. He said he saw qualities in me. That's right, but you have to be a killer. There were things I had to learn. We worked a lot in front of goal in Liverpool. Physically too. He helped me take that step."
It’s not really surprising to see Origi heap praise on Jurgen Klopp, as the former Borussia Dortmund manager has developed some world class players under him, and is known for nurturing top talents, and it seems the Belgian international is already reaping the benefits.
The Liverpool youngster was also asked about Ramiro Funes Mori’s poor challenge on him, and he says his career could have ended, but that has also made him stronger.
He added: "I felt the tackle. It was a real blow, as it hurt a lot. Especially, a month before the end of the season. In football, there are many risks. Of course, my career could have ended. I had a little chance. It also made me stronger."
The 21-year-old was signed from Lille in 2014, after the World Cup, but arrived at Liverpool only at the start of this season. He is expected to be a big part of Jurgen Klopp’s plan for next season, as the Liverpool boss also tried to sign him during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
Origi scored 10 goals and also has 3 assists to his name this season in 34 appearances, with most of them coming as a substitute. He’d certainly be hoping to deliver good performances in France, as his team are one of the favourites in the tournament.