Divock Origi has spent his time on the sidelines smartly, studying his game to see where he can improve once he regains full fitness.
The Belgian prodigy hasn’t played since he was cut down by Ramiro Funes Mori in the Merseyside Derby demolition job, but is now on the road to recovery and is in contention for the Europa League Final – taking place in just five days’ time.
“I’m ahead of schedule, so there’s still a chance for the final,” Origi told the Echo.
“I just have to do everything and it’s the manager who decides what will happen.
“I’d say my mind says that I can be ready but the body has to follow, so we’ll see.
“In every aspect I try to use my time to the maximum.
“You have time to think and see your game and so you can use this time in a good way.
“Now, mentally I’m fresh and everything’s okay, so hopefully my body will be right and then we’ll see.”
Origi has been one of the undoubted stars of our Europa League campaign.
He scored crucial goals in both legs against Borussia Dortmund, but missed the semi-final victory over Villarreal with his injury.
Daniel Sturridge has been our most regular starting centre-forward in Origi’s absence, but when both were fit, Klopp preferred Origi in the big matches – clearly a fan of the 21-years-old’s relentless pressing and ability to stretch opponents by running the channels.
Unless Origi plays and does very well against West Brom at the weekend, Sturridge’s starting role in Basel us surely secured – unless Klopp pulls another rabbit out of the hat and goes with Roberto Firmino as a false-9 again.
We can see Origi making the bench alongside Christian Benteke, with Klopp making sure we’ve enough attacking options should things get tricky.