Speaking on ESPN FC, former England international Paul Mariner has suggested Jurgen Klopp sees big potential in Divock Origi, who just signed a new contract with the Reds.
Despite scoring the second goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham, reports in recent weeks had suggested Origi could be set for a move away from Anfield.
However, the hero of Madrid has now committed his long-term future to the club, penning a new deal on Wednesday.
Speaking about the latest update on the 24-year-old’s future, Mariner said: “Klopp must see something in this kid if he’s going to give him an extension. He’s thinking, ‘Let’s just give him a little bit more time and see if he will develop’.
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“He’s got some great players to learn from so this may be a year where he starts to push into the side a little bit. Maybe Klopp does see some growth in Origi and at 24, there should be some growth in him very, very quickly.”
After his heroics in Madrid, Origi’s name will forever be etched in Liverpool folklore. The Belgian is a bit of an enigma when it comes to his performances on the pitch; sometimes he can be brilliant and unplayable, and at other times you wonder how he’s managed to carve out an Anfield career at all.
He has come up with vital goals at vital times in his time on Merseyside and none more so than last season. Aside from against Spurs, Origi also netted a dramatic winner in the derby against Everton at Anfield, and scored twice in the comeback win over Barcelona.
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But even in those moments, you never really felt like Origi was even close to dislodging Roberto Firmino in the starting line-up. At 24, sporadic flashes of potential are not going to be enough.
The Reds have some promising attacking players waiting in the wings like Rhian Brewster, who will be itching for an opportunity or two. Mariner’s comments that there should be growth in Origi “very, very quickly” is perhaps something a little too late for Liverpool to keep wondering about.
However, with the Belgian now tied down to an extended contract, it seems Klopp very much agrees with Mariner.