By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Divock Origi has revealed that Jurgen Klopp is “very strong” on player mentality as he spoke of the strength of his relationship with the Liverpool manager.
Origi is on the comeback trail and is hopeful of playing again in the domestic season as he targets a place in the Europa League final on 18 May should Liverpool go all the way in the competition.
Origi is currently sidelined with an ankle problem he picked up during Liverpool’s 4-0 thumping of Everton a fortnight ago.
There were concerns that he had suffered severe ligament damage in the immediate aftermath of the match, but the injury isn’t as bad as initially feared.
Nevertheless, Origi will be absent for a fourth consecutive match when Liverpool host Villarreal in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg clash on Thursday night.
The Belgium international had established himself as Liverpool’s first-choice striker when injury struck, netting five times in five games, including two in Liverpool’s crucial two-legged Europa League quarter-final triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking about his bond with Klopp, Origi told the Liverpool website: “We have a good working relationship, the group and the manager and you can see it.
“A lot of players have made steps and I’m one of them and I’m just very grateful for everything, that I’m here, and I feel I’m at the right club at the moment and I’m so happy for this.
“I think on the mental aspect [Klopp] is very strong. He knows how to deal with groups; not every group is the same, not every player is the same, but he has the experience to manage the players and boost the group.
“That’s a very good thing, and with the support as well [which is] magnificent, it gives you extra force for the game and that’s what’s good about this club also.”