Liverpool boss Klopp made Origi demand before new deal

Florence Fletcher
July 14, 2019

The Reds were 6-0 winners against local rivals Tranmere Rovers in their first pre-season friendly last week.

The No.24 is expected to have a crack at first-team duty, occupying a similar role to Divock Origi as understudy to Roberto Firmino now that Daniel Sturridge has departed.

However, speaking to the press (via the club's official website), after the game, Klopp insisted that this is simply a minor obstacle and Van den Berg could still play a part next season.

"I love the boy, he is fantastic player, but one of the goals I would have scored", said Klopp.

Liverpool, who missed out on the league title to Manchester City by one point last season, play Pep Guardiola's side in the Community Shield on Aug. 4 before they begin the new league campaign on August 9 at home to promoted Norwich City. But why should I play it down?

That decision was vindicated as the Belgium global contributed five of the club's most important goals in 2018-19 - two in the Champions League semifinal win against Barcelona, late winners in the Premier League against Everton and Newcastle in addition to his strike against Spurs in the UCL final - despite limited game time.

"I thought he disappointed in the Wolves game".

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Klopp will be hoping for the likes of Brewster and Oxlade-Chamberlain to add to the squad for next season should there be no big moves in the summer.

The pre-season will provide him as well as fellow youngsters such as striker Rhian Brewster and midfielder Curtis Jones with opportunities to impress.

"We will see. He has to play different positions as well - the centre, the wing is possible I think".

"Rhian Brewster, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain [who] didn't play previous year, all the young boys".

"The transfer market is open". We can talk about him no problem.

Brewster scored twice at Prenton Park, where Nathaniel Clyne and Divock Origi were also on target as Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana accompanied James Milner in a starting midfield three.

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