Jurgen Klopp singles out 'sensational' Liverpool star after AC Milan victory
Jurgen Klopp singled out ‘sensational striker’ Divock Origi for praise after Liverpool secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League.
Belgium international Origi was handed a rare start for Liverpool on Wednesday night as Italian giants AC Milan visited Anfield.
The 26-year-old justified his place in the team with an assured performance, causing the Milan defence problems all evening and providing the assist for Mohamed Salah’s second-half equaliser.
Salah levelled the Champions League tie at 2-2 after AC Milan scored two quick goals before half-time, following former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori’s early own goal.
Red captain Jordan Henderson then rifled home Liverpool’s winner to ensure Klopp’s side began their Champions League campaign with a win.
Klopp was delighted by Liverpool’s ‘important’ victory and paid special tribute to Origi in his post-match press conference, insisting ‘people forget how good he is’.
‘He played a super game,’ Klopp said of Origi. ‘People forget how good he is. It is just difficult to get him in this team.
‘Now we won I can say that the changes was the right thing to do because playing every three days is just not possible with the same guys. The guys who came on did incredibly well.’
Liverpool reached the Champions League final in 2018 – losing to winners Real Madrid – and won the tournament 12 months later, beating domestic rivals Tottenham in the final.
Spanish side Atletico Madrid and Portuguese outfit Porto are also in Group B along with Liverpool and AC Milan.
WHAT. A. HIT! ð
Jordan Henderson launches a half volley into the corner of the net! No one is stopping a strike like that! ð¥
Liverpool have their lead back ðª pic.twitter.com/YsxcxHe72o
Following Liverpool’s victory over Milan, Henderson said: ‘We started the game really well, on the front foot like we usually do.
‘Scored, got the penalty and then last 15 minutes of the first half we had a spell where we found it difficult and they scored two goals. I thought the lads reacted really well and came out and started again.
‘We got our reward, got back into it and found the winner. Overall I am delighted. We have to learn from that 15 minutes too.
‘It was nice to get back on the scoresheet, I don’t score many. It is something I work on, especially when I play a bit further forward as an eight – arriving in the box.’
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