Jurgen Klopp considered signing Liverpool striker Divock Origi at Borussia Dortmund

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he considered signing striker Divock Origi during his tenure at Borussia Dortmund.

The Belgian youngster, 20, joined the Reds in 2014 from Lille for £10 million, but was sent straight back on a season-long loan to the French side.

However, his career could have taken a drastic change in direction had Klopp signed him for Bundesliga giants Dortmund, with only his price tag preventing the German from making a move.


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Klopp now has his wish to work with the starlet, though, and gave him his first chance under his reign in Liverpool's stalemate with Tottenham on Saturday.

Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings were all ruled out of the clash, the latter facing a full season lay-off after sustaining cruciate ligament damage to his knee.

Speaking to BT Sport before the clash, as per the Express, Klopp said: "As a manager it's important not to think too much about the players that aren't available.

"I'm really satisfied we can start with (Divock) Origi in this position. When I was Dortmund coach I thought about him but he was too expensive."

Origi's first start under Klopp almost got off to the perfect start when he headed onto the crossbar from a corner, but the ball bounced agonisingly short of the goal-line and was eventually cleared.

The Belgium international showcased his strength and ball control throughout the clash at White Hart Lane, but was largely isolated for the 90 minutes.

Klopp, though, appeared confident that Sturridge's injury is nothing to worry about, eradicating any worries Liverpool fans had of another setback for the Englishman.

"With Daniel (Sturridge), I think it's not too serious," he said.

"He had a little contact with (Jordan) Ibe in training and he has a little bit of swelling so I cannot go in and say 'ok try it'."

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