Borussia Dortmund tried to sign Origi before Liverpool move, says Klopp

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The new Liverpool boss handed his young forward plenty of praise following Saturday's game against Tottenham.

Speaking after Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, Jurgen Klopp says he tried to sign striker Divock Origi for Borussia Dortmund before his move to Anfield, according to Sky Sports.

Origi signed for Liverpool last summer in a £10m deal from Lille - as reported by the BBC - following an impressive World Cup campaign with Belgium, with the Reds electing to send him back out on loan to the French side for the 2014/15 season.

He has returned for the current campaign, but has so far played a peripheral role behind the likes of Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke.

With those three players out injured, though, he was handed a start against Spurs, and Klopp did not hold back in his glowing assessment of the young striker.

"I wanted to take him to Dortmund when Liverpool bought him, but we could not," he told Sky Sports.

"He's a very good player; young, fast and a good technician. At the moment, he is not so full of experience in the game because he hasn't played very often. But I like him and I think we will have a lot of fun with this player. We were in the battle to sign him."

While Origi didn’t see much game time under previous manager Brendan Rodgers, Klopp’s comments suggest he will be playing a bigger role under him this season.

That, though, may be a decision that is out of his hands, with the club’s other three forwards currently all on the treatment table, leaving the young Belgian as their only fit striker at this present moment.

Exposure to first team football could be exactly what Origi needs, and Liverpool fans will be hoping that Klopp can develop him as well as he has other youngsters in the past.

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