Jurgen Klopp admitted he was surprised at the lack of interest in Liverpool striker Divock Origi this summer, saying: “Obviously people don’t watch football enough!”
Belgian forward Origi made his first debut since January and brilliantly established Mohamed Salah’s equalizer in Liverpool’s 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Champions League Group B opener.
Klopp praised the 26-year-old, who only started six times for Liverpool last season, and said the club were preparing for a “suitable offer” for Origi this summer.
Klopp said BT Sport: “[Divock] played a great game. People forget how good he is, it’s hard to get into this team.
“In the summer transfer window we all thought there would be a suitable offer for him, but obviously people don’t watch football enough.
“He’s a sensational striker and he did really well today.”
Klopp added in his post-match press conference: “He’s a great guy. He’ll be considered a legend when he leaves. He could have left in the summer, but football is a crazy place and people have forgotten how good he is.We decide the positions, he did nothing wrong.
“It is sometimes difficult to get into this team, but I’m really happy for him tonight.”
Liverpool came from behind in a classic opener at Anfield to beat the Italian side, and with Atletico Madrid drawing 0-0 with Porto in the other Group B game, the Klopp’s team is at the forefront in a tricky group.
“Come on, it’s our pick in pot four! Come on, it’s AC Milan, in a very good time. It’s a tough group and will remain so, that’s why it’s so important to win this match. It’s not. Deciding anything, but at least gave us a good start.
“Spectacular, a European night at Anfield, I love it.
“We started off incredibly well, we played a super intense game but also very good football-wise.
“We didn’t give them anything until we were punished in the last minutes before half-time. We got a little carried away with our own football, we didn’t make it easy offensively and we didn’t more organized defensively.
“It wasn’t pleasant, but we didn’t feel like we couldn’t come back in the second half. We had to change immediately to go back to how we started and then we scored some wonderful goals. Both were amazing and won the game and I think it was deserved. “
Liverpool’s last matches in the Champions League
September 28: Porto (A) – kick off 8 p.m.
October 19: Atletico Madrid (A) – kick off at 8 p.m.
November 3: Atletico Madrid (H) – kick off at 8 p.m.
November 24: Porto (H) – kick off 8 p.m.
December 7: AC Milan (A) – kick off at 8 p.m.
Liverpool host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday at 3 p.m., while Milan will be at Juventus on Sunday evening at 7.45 p.m. in Serie A. Milan’s next Champions League group match is at home against Atletico Madrid on September 28. At 20 o ‘clock.