Thierry Henry amazed with £45,000-a-week Liverpool centre-forward
Divock Origi put in a fantastic display during Reds 5-2 victory against Everton in the Merseyside Derby and caught the eye of French legend Thierry Henry. Belgium international led the line for the Reds, with Roberto Firmino benched by the German tactician, and rewarded his coach with two first-half goals.
Jurgen was delighted, saying after the game: ‘What a game he played. Not only the goals. Overall, exceptional.’ It was another fantastic outing for Liverpool, who set a club record 32 games unbeaten in the PL with victory, and it proved an opportunity to show their strength in depth as they rested several key figures including Mohamed Salah.
Divock made vital contributions to Reds run to the Champions League title last campaign but operated largely from the wing, with Roberto making the No. 9 spot his own. Thierry thinks that time working out wide has helped Origi improve his runs in behind but offered him some advice for how to become a great ‘weapon’ for the German boss.
‘What is important for Belgian striker now is that he played in the middle and that is a good sign of respect from Jurgen Klopp because before he was playing him on the right, on the left,’ he said.
‘He wasn’t sure if he could play on the line or hold the ball up to bring people in but what you saw tonight is him making those runs from the middle to the right because he is comfortable on the wing.’ The 24-year-old centre-forward is a regular member of the national team squad.