Regardless of Liverpool’s stuttering start to 2017, Jurgen Klopp’s expert man-management has shown no signs of fading away.
The German is set to put his faith in striker Divock Origi in Sunday’s game against Burnley after it emerged Roberto Firmino was a major doubt with a thigh knock.
Klopp has expressed his confidence in the Belgian ahead of his first start since mid-January at a time when adjustments to the starting eleven could potentially have a positive and negative impact.
Alterations are always both unnerving and exciting when there is uncertainty surrounding a team’s form which is why both doubts and signs of optimism towards Origi starting are understandable.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game at Anfield, Klopp reflected on the forward’s impressive cameo in last Saturday’s 3-1 win against Arsenal.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Divock was good.”
“It was a nice sign. We’ve had a lot of talks in the last few weeks about what he needs to do. It was a very important sign for him and for us.”
Origi played a key role in finishing off Arsenal, setting Georginio Wijnaldum up for Liverpool’s third goal with a perfectly weighted and directed early cross to the Dutchman.
It was the brightest he had looked for some time and a brief appearance that suggested he was capable of pushing for a start again.
He will give Burnley a physical test they won’t have been expected heading into the game with Origi’s height and pace posing as key traits for those around him in red to deploy.