Jurgen Klopp explains why Divock Origi was selected over Sadio Mane for Champions League clash
Liverpool ring the changes against AC Milan
Following their strong start to the season, Liverpool have wrung the changes for their Champions League group stage opener against AC Milan.
Joe Gomez was handed his first start of the season following a season out injured, while Divock Origi has come in from the cold amidst injuries to Harvey Elliot, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 15, 2021
The Reds, who will be looking to improve on the disappointing defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last season, now look light in attack, while defensively there is still no debut for new centre-back Ibrahim Konate.
Why Origi is starting
Even with the injury crisis, Divock Origi has seen gametime hard to come by. In fact, he is yet to play a minute of competitive football this campaign, and has not even made the matchday squad for the last three fixtures.
However, Klopp retains faith in him, and explained why he opted for the Belgian forward over Sadio Mane, saying:
“It’s about bringing in fresh legs and surprising the opponent. I’m sure he will play well tonight.”
Klopp on Divock Origi:
“It’s about bringing in fresh legs and surprising the opponent. I’m sure he will play well tonight.” #awlive [bt]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) September 15, 2021
Could it be that Origi will offer something different to a Liverpool frontline that is likely to see a lot of the ball, while offering a more physical presence than Mane.
Both Mane and Minamino are on the Liverpool bench, just in case the plan does not have the desired success, but could Origi prove an unexpected hero?
Impressive 45 minutes for Jude Bellingham has Liverpool and Manchester United fans all saying the same thing
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