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Jurgen Klopp hails “special” Divock Origi but has clear message over his ‘supersub’ role


Liverpool striker Divock Origi came off the bench to score an injury-time winner against Wolves last time out, with the Belgian now set to lead the line in their last Champions League group game

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Jurgen Klopp has hailed supersub Divock Origi after his latest Liverpool heroics – but is adamant there is far more to his game.

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Origi added another chapter into his legendary Liverpool story, coming off the bench to score a 95th minute winner at Wolves on Saturday.

The Reds looked destined to finish the Premier League clash without finding the net, but the Belgian came to their rescue to break the hosts’ hearts.

It’s not the first time Origi has come up trumps for Klopp, scoring in memorable Champions League victories, including the 2019 final and a last-gasp winner against Merseyside rivals Everton.

Speaking immediately after the game, the Liverpool boss labelled Origi as “one of the best finishers” he had ever seen and believes he has all the credentials to more than just an impact player.

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Divock Origi scored a last gasp winner vs Wolves on Saturday

Origi has found minutes difficult to come by this term, with his appearance at Molineux just his third in the league all season.

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But Klopp is convinced that just because he is not playing for Liverpool, that doesn’t determine how good of a player he really is.

“It’s one special thing in his skillset,” Klopp said of the forward’s ability to make an instant impact. “It’s not the only thing – it’s not that he can only come on and play well.

“He had brilliant games for us from the start. In one of the biggest games in our history – against Barcelona [in 2019], for example – he started, played an incredible game and scored the goals in the right moments.

“It’s just part of his skillset, that’s it. He is a very positive person, that’s for sure, and he is incredibly talented, that’s just how it is.

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“He can shoot with right and left; his technical level is incredible; he’s really, really, really quick; he is in the air, how we all know, a monster as well.

“He is a really interesting package. But, that doesn’t mean that you are a constant starter for Liverpool FC because of the quality we have. That’s how it is. That’s how life is.

Jurgen Klopp labelled Origi as one of the best finishers he had ever seen
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“There are worse things than being not a constant starter for Liverpool FC, I tell you.

“It’s really nice to be part of this squad, really nice to be part of this team. It’s all good but it’s nice that he has that skill and that he used it at the weekend.”

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With Liverpool’s passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League already assured, Origi looks set to lead the line of a much changed XI against AC Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday.

The Reds have picked up a perfect 15 points from a possible 15 so far and have impressively secured top spot in what many had labelled a ‘group of death’.

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