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Thierry Henry has said that Jurgen Klopp showed “respect” to Divock Origi in the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool beat Everton 5-2 at Anfield to take their lead at the top of the table back to eight points, and they have now gone 32 league matches unbeaten – the longest run in their history. The Belgium international was on terrific form, scoring a brace.
The former Arsenal man was quick to praise the Reds’ boss for the way he deployed the 24-year-old. He said in the Amazon Prime studio (via The Daily Express): “But what’s going to be important for Divock Origi now, is that he played in the middle.
“That’s a great sign of respect for the work he is doing from Jurgen Klopp.
“Before he was putting him on the left or on the right and I’m not sure if he can hold the line or bring the ball in.”
It was a fantastic display from £18m-rated Origi – as per Transfermarkt. He scored twice with both of his goals well taken, and he may have given his boss a different style of play.
Roberto Firmino is the main striker for the European champions, of course, and he is unlikely to lose his place after one good performance from the former Lille forward. The Brazil international is much more of a creative player, averaging 1.2 key passes per game in the Premier League so far this campaign compared to Origi’s 0.3.
However, the latter is far more effective against teams that use a high line, as the Toffees did on Wednesday night. Both of his strikes came from balls into space, one in the air and one on the floor. On both occasions, it was Origi’s awareness, positioning and pace that got him on the end of both balls, allowing him to take his time and score twice.
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This is something that the 28-year-old first-choice does not offer his manager. He link-up play is better – as his nine assists in all competitions indicate – and that can help bring the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah into the play, but that is often to the detriment of his own goalscoring capabilities.
In 20 starts, he has just four goals this campaign, whilst Origi has five in six. As such, the latter gives his boss a totally different Plan B. With the large amount of games to come this term, the former Borussia Dortmund boss can use this to his advantage.
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