Jurgen Klopp says Divock Origi has 'no rhythm'

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Liverpool's season was abruptly brought back down to earth after a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Burnley on Saturday.

The Reds may have enjoyed 81% of possession but lacked the clinical final touch to find the back of the net.

They may have scored four against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium a week previously but Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi all struggled to break Sean Dyche's resolute defence.

Origi was only on the pitch for less than half an hour and with Liverpool's next game against Burton in League Cup on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp has been considering a fresh front line for the tie.

The Belgian also came off the bench against Arsenal for a 14-minute cameo on the opening day and needs playing time to get back to match sharpness.

However, Klopp claims the forward is still lacking 'rhythm' and refused to guarantee him a starting berth at the Pirelli Stadium.

Speaking to the press ahead of Tuesday's clash, Klopp said: "Physically, he can make another step. But on the other side, he has no rhythm in the moment, which you can see.

"Saturday was clear, we could have played another 20 mins and not scored. He (Origi) needs to find that rhythm again."

Klopp added: "He is so skilled, but he needs to use them all in the right moment."

Origi has scored ten goals in 35 appearances for Liverpool and seemed to thrive in Klopp's system last season.

Nevertheless, it is clear that the 21-year-old still has some work to do to get back into his manager's good books.

Meanwhile, Klopp also admitted he is desperate for the transfer window to close next week and has grown tired of the constant speculation linking him with moves for other players.

He added: "I wait for the day when the transfer window is closed. I can't believe how obsessed you all are with this.

"Until 31 August, everything is possible. But it's not the main thing to do. We do not feel we cannot work with the players."

The Merseyside club have already brought in six new signings this summer so a late deal would be surprising.

As most Premier League sides tend to rest some of their first-team players for the early rounds of the League Cup, Tuesday's tie may serve as the perfect opportunity for Origi and others currently in the background at Anfield to show Klopp that no further incomings are required.

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