Klopp tips Origi to make most of sustained run

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp watches his players warm up ahead of the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool on Nov 29, 2016.
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp watches his players warm up ahead of the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool on Nov 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

BOURNEMOUTH • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Divock Origi is primed to help fill the vast attacking void left by Philippe Coutinho's absence through injury.

Liverpool will be without the influential Brazilian playmaker for about six weeks with the ankle injury he suffered in the win over Sunderland last weekend.

The Reds are also missing England striker Daniel Sturridge as he continues to struggle with a calf injury, which means Belgium international Origi will lead the line in their English Premier League clash at Bournemouth today.

After spending most of the season on the substitutes' bench, Origi is set for his first sustained run in the starting line-up, but Klopp has no concerns about his ability to step up.

"Divock is still 21 and he hasn't had the most match time in the last few months, so then he had no rhythm, but he is always working, never moaning," Klopp said.

"I was really happy for him having this opportunity and being in the shape to use it. It was really nice to see.

"Timing is really important. You don't always have influence on timing, but in this case it worked out really well because it was exactly one or two weeks since Divock was back in shape, in the race."

Liverpool are boosted by the return of forward Roberto Firmino after he recovered from a calf injury. Adam Lallana has also returned to training following a groin injury, but is unlikely to be risked.

Klopp is wary of the threat posed by Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, who are up to 12th place after some enterprising displays.

"I have seen a lot of Bournemouth games this season and they did well," Klopp added.

"They are a football-playing side with a good plan. Eddie Howe is doing a fantastic job there."

Bournemouth were beaten 3-1 at Arsenal last weekend, and have injury problems with goalkeeper Artur Boruc and defender Charlie Daniels expected to be out.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 04, 2016, with the headline 'Klopp tips Origi to make most of sustained run'. Print Edition | Subscribe