Liverpool media round-up: Klopp on Sturridge hype and improving Origi's game

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

A lot of news surrounding Liverpool this morning focusses on their 6-1 League Cup quarter-final triumph against Southampton at St Mary's, with the Reds to meet Stoke City in the semi-finals of the competition. The first leg will be played at the Britannia Stadium in the first week of January.

Daniel Sturridge found the net twice on his first start under Jurgen Klopp after making his latest return from injury, and the Liverpool manager is quoted in the Daily Mail telling reporters that he is now finally seeing what all the hype is about surrounding the 26-year-old.

He said: "I said to him after the game: 'Now I know what everybody is talking about.

"I knew about his quality but not live in a stadium.

"Can Sturridge get back to what he was? Please, you don't really want to ask this question. How should I know? You know him much longer than me. Maybe he can be better."

The night also saw Divock Origi score his first goals for the Reds with a hat-trick with Jordon Ibe also getting in on the act as the Reds made it seven wins from eight in all competitions.

20-year-old Origi seems to have struggled at the start of his Liverpool career, but last night things seemed to come together for him, and Klopp is quoted in the Liverpool Echo speaking about the alterations he has been making to the Belgian's game in order for the youngster to improve.

“I told him 'you have to do this, this and this, not do the difficult things too often and so on' – and he said 'yes, yes and yes, I know, I know'.

“When he plays, and he only plays for a few minutes, he wants to show everything. That's normal. Everyone wanted him before Liverpool bought him after the World Cup in 2014, but he has to learn. He has to be patient and to work."

Liverpool will hope to keep their good run of form going when they travel to the North East to take on Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday. 

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