Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that 'everyone' wanted to sign talented striker Divock Origi before the Reds secured his signature back in the summer of 2014.
Speaking to reporters after his side's emphatic win at St Mary's against Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, the revered coach hailed the youngster but insisted that he must remain patient in his pursuit of success on Merseyside.
Origi, of course, was the star of the show as he netted a hat-trick during Liverpool's emphatic victory, but Klopp, despite insisting that Liverpool beat everyone to sign him, believes the former Lille ace still has a lot to learn.
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Speaking after last night's contest, as per the Mirror, the Liverpool chief stated: “I told him 'you have to do this, this and this, not do the difficult things too often and so on' – and he said 'yes, yes and yes, I know, I know'.
“When he plays, and he only plays for a few minutes, he wants to show everything. That's normal. Everyone wanted him before Liverpool bought him after the World Cup in 2014, but he has to learn. He has to be patient and to work.
“Today, he made only easy passes, used his speed, defended and took his chances. His game was really good.
“He's still young though, and he has to learn.”
There's no doubt about it, Origi, Klopp and the Liverpool faithful won't be getting too carried away with just yet.
The Belgium international's performance is a great sign for the club, however, and it will only increase the player's confidence. He certainly knows where the goal is but must now focus on impressing his manager over the coming weeks and months.
He's by no means the finished article, but should excel under the guidance of Klopp. The former Borussia Dortmund boss has a great track record of developing young players, so Origi has a great opportunity of coming to prominence in England's elite division.
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