By Editor Wayne Veysey
Jurgen Klopp tried to sign Divock Origi when he was at Borussia Dortmund.
The new Liverpool manager went public with his admiration of the Belgian striker after naming him in his first starting line-up.
Origi got the nod to start the goal-less draw against Tottenham on Saturday after Daniel Sturridge missed out with a knee injury, Danny Ings was ruled out for the rest of the season ans Christian Benteke is a week away from full fitness.
Klopp said before kick-off: “I’m really glad and satisfied that we can start with Divock Origi in this position. When I was Dortmund coach I thought about him but he was too expensive.
“Now he’s here we can work together and I’m really looking forward to that, it’s a big chance for him I hope he doesn’t feel too much pressure and enjoys the game.”
Origi has yet to score for Liverpool since joining the first-team squad this season following a year on loan at Lille.
He made his fifth appearance for the club against Spurs, and only his second in the Premier League. It was his first start in the competition.