Jurgen Klopp hails Divock Origi a 'Liverpool legend' ahead of Champions League match vs Genk

Jurgen Klopp has described Divock Origi as a ‘Liverpool legend’ ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Genk on Tuesday. 

He came through the Belgian club’s rather illustrious academy, which has produced a number of other recent stars including Kevin De Bruyne and Kalidou Koulibaly.

That subject was raised to Klopp in his pre-match press conference and the Reds boss decided to have a little fun with some journalists. 

“Genk is a very famous club for very big players – De Bruyne, Koulibaly and lots of other players – N’Didi,” one journalist said on Monday night.  

But before he could finish his question, Klopp jumped in to suggest that his striker is a legend too.

“Divock Origi – don’t forget him. Liverpool legend by the way. He’s very famous here,” the German said with a big smile before the rest of the room laughed.

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It was a very tongue-in-cheek response, but many supporters really are ready to give Origi cult legend status. 

After all, the Belgian has provided some very, very important goals – none more so than in the Champions League semi-final last season.

Liverpool suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg, but Origi helped the Premier League side to one of the greatest comebacks in European history at Anfield. 

He scored twice in a 4-0 win to send the Reds to Madrid for the final and then in that game, he popped up in the 87th minute to seal victory against Tottenham. 

Talk about an impact sub. Origi may not be Liverpool’s first-choice striker, but he’s certainly had an important part to play under Klopp and that’s expected to continue. 

The striker would probably like to score another goal against his former club when they meet later tonight.

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