New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he tried to sign Reds striker Divock Origi while in charge of Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The 20-year old was thrown into the starting line for Klopp’s first game in charge of the Merseyside giants away at Tottenham Hotspur, with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke all out injured.
Signed from Lille in 2014, the Belgian international was loaned back to the Ligue 1 side before joining up with the Anfield outfit earlier this summer.
Klopp, speaking before his managerial debut in this country, said ‘I’m really satisfied we can start with Origi in this position.’
‘When I was Dortmund coach I thought about him but we was too expensive.’
Summer signing Danny Ings was ruled out for the season following a serious ACL injury, just days after England under-21 Joe Gomez suffered a serious ailment.
England star Daniel Sturridge failed a late fitness test for the game at White Hart Lane, forcing Klopp to deploy the Belgium international as his starting centre-forward.