By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit makes 'brilliant' Liverpool prediction after Origi reveal via Sky

Noel Whelan insists Divock Origi can be a key player for Liverpool if he is handed more game time.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to recent comments from Jurgen Klopp.

As quoted by Sky Sports (16 September), Klopp revealed he was surprised by the lack of interest in the “sensational” Origi during the summer transfer window.

The Reds boss admitted he was braced for a “proper offer” for the attacker.

Origi, 26, made his first appearance of the season on Wednesday night as Liverpool beat AC Milan 3-2.

The Belgian international provided an excellent assist for Mo Salah as he levelled the game at 2-2.

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Whelan claims the Reds would lose a vital player if Origi did leave Anfield.

“He proved the other night that he can be useful,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He led the line well and got an assist. It was a lovely little ball over the top for Salah to get that second goal.

“Origi has loads to offer and can play anywhere across that front three. He has a real eye for goal.

“He’s very suited to Liverpool, I just think it’s a matter of can he get more game time?

“He’s different to the likes of Salah, Mane, Jota, even Firmino. If he went, Liverpool would lose that option.

“He can be key for Liverpool if he gets that game time. That’s crucial. He can can be a brilliant player.”

Origi made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Saturday as he came off the bench against Crystal Palace.

Last season he scored one goal in 17 total outings for the Reds.

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