Jurgen Klopp could drop Daniel Sturridge from his Liverpool team for Thursday's game against Borussia Dortmund in what would represent a shock decision, according to the Mirror.
The striker has been attempting to find his feet after a long spell on the sidelines and has scored seven goals in 12 starts across all competitions.
But despite his impressive record and obvious threat up front, Klopp believes the hard-working Divock Origi would be more useful against the side he used to manage.
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Origi, 20, is nowhere near as prolific as Sturridge and has been used primarily as a substitute this season, but Klopp hopes that starting him from the get-go will not only provide more defensive relief but will also give Dortmund something to think about.
The Bundesliga club are the overwhelming favourites to qualify for the semi-final and Klopp admitted in a recent interview that he believed his former team was currently the strongest in the world.
Despite that, the German manager believes his Liverpool side have a real chance of knocking them out. He has every intention of taking the game to Dortmund and wants a combination of pace and power to breach their impressive defence.
Despite an obvious lack of goals – six in 32 appearances – Klopp rates Origi highly and has been determined to give the Belgian more game time. Recent training sessions have seen Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho providing a notable attacking threat in advanced midfield positions, and, as a result, Origi seems the perfect fit to lead the line at the Westfalenstadion.
With an incredible threat from Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to cope with, Origi's ability to hold up the ball and win ariel battles could prove invaluable.
Good moment needed
Klopp, who seemed in high spirits when speaking to reporters on Wednesday, insisted that his team were capable of beating Dortmund but would need to find one of their "good moments" to do so. Indeed, in the German's short reign, the Reds have performed spectacularly in some games and dismally in others.
“If you follow our way over the past few months, then you see we have had a few good moments, and if we have a good moment tomorrow then we will have a real game,” he said.
“If we don’t have a good moment then it will be easy for Dortmund. But it is possible (we have a good moment) it is absolutely possible. It will not be easy of course, it’s all about the moment and you need to use the moment.”
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