I wanted him… Liverpool boss quells emergency man fears

Daniel Sturridge out, Christian Benteke out, Danny Ings out for the rest of the season… Divock Origi it is then! Jurgen Klopp has been confronted with a mini injury crisis for his opening game at the helm of Liverpool, leaving the German with only the 20-year-old Belgian as a striking option.

Sturridge’s latest set-back, which is unlikely to be long-term, has been greeted with dismay by Kopites, but Klopp himself is not too fussed. In fact, he actually wanted Origi in his time at Dortmund… as he told BT Sport ahead of kick-off:

Origi is by no means a rookie, he has after all scored in World Cup action for Belgium and has been a first-team regular for Lille in France for the best part of three seasons. Okay he’s not prolific, but in a team with the ‘new manager bounce’ phenomenon, who knows how he’ll do against Spurs!