Liverpool striker Divock Origi has stated that Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign him for his former club Borussia Dortmund and as such knows what he is capable of.
The Belgium international had an impressive World Cup last summer in Brazil and was signed by Liverpool before being loaned back to Lille in France.
Origi has arrived at Anfield this season in search of regular first-team football and has capitalised on injuries to others to get a chance to play in the Premier League recently.
When everyone is fit and firing, the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke are likely to be ahead of the young starlet in the pecking order, with regular action not a given for the Belgian.
The young centre forward has been talking up Klopp’s positive influence since arriving at the Merseyside club and stated that the German trainer was interested in bringing him to Dortmund in the past.
“If you look at the new manager, the immediate feeling is that he sends a lot of positive energy to everyone,” Origi told the club’s official website.
“He likes to work with everybody and help them make progress and he has a clear plan.
“That has also come across in what I have seen in the first games he has been in charge.
“When you have a coach like this it means you have a leader who sends this energy to the group and we try to react for him in every way. I think it should be a good partnership for him and Liverpool.
“I heard he said he’d been interested in signing me when he was at Bourssia Dortmund so that shows that he is aware of my qualities.
“That was nice to hear but eventually it is down to me to show what I can do on the pitch and I have to focus on that.
“Everybody at the club believes in me so I have to work hard and try to maximise every moment of playing time I get.”