He's a true leader: Liverpool striker talks up Jurgen Klopp qualities

Divock Origi has been talking up the leadership qualities of his Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Origi was signed by former boss Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014 after impressing at the World Cup with Belgium, before spending the forthcoming campaign on loan at former club Lille.

The youngster arrived at Anfield this summer with designs on breaking into the first team under Rodgers, but the Northern Irishman lasted until early October before he was jettisoned after the 1-1 draw with Everton.

Origi has made a slow start to life with the Reds, with injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke shunting the 20-year-old to the forefront of Klopp's striking options, and the forward has struggled somewhat.

Origi is yet to score for the Reds and the return of Benteke and Roberto Firmino's improved form have seen the ex-Lille youngster dropped back to the substitutes' bench, but the Liverpool man has been delighted with how Klopp has approached his work since joining the five-time European Cup winners last month.

The Liverpool Echo quotes Origi as saying: “If you look at the new manager, the immediate feeling is that he sends a lot of positive energy to everyone.

“That has also come across in what I have seen in the first games he has been in charge. When you have a coach like this it means you have a leader who sends this energy to the group and we try to react for him in every way. I think it should be a good partnership for him and Liverpool.

“I heard he said he’d been interested in signing me when he was at Bourssia Dortmund so that shows that he is aware of my qualities. That was nice to hear but eventually it is down to me to show what I can do on the pitch and I have to focus on that."

Klopp's Reds return to action after the international break when they travel to Manchester City on November 21, and Origi is expected to be part of the squad that travels to the Etihad.

Daniel Sturridge's prolonged absence could be set to be extended, and the England striker is yet to feature under Klopp having injured his knee in a collision with teammate Jordon Ibe in training on the eve of the German's first match against Tottenham Hotspur on October 17.

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