Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp on AC Milan victory and Divock Origi

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Jurgen Klopp was delighted with Divock Origi's performance for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with Divock Origi’s performance for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

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.

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‘He’s a sensational striker who did really well. In the summer transfer window we all thought there would be a proper offer [for him], but obviously people don’t watch football enough.’

Klopp added: ‘We started incredibly well. We played a super, super game. An intense game but football wise as well.

‘We played in all the spaces we had to play and didn’t give them anything until… I’m not sure exactly. We got punished for it in the last few minutes of the first-half but it started earlier.

‘We got carried away by our own football. We didn’t keep it simple anymore, offensively and defensively we were not organised anymore.

‘But it did not feel like we cannot come back. It was clear that we had to immediately get back to how we started and then we scored wonderful goals, to be honest. Both were incredible.

Origi was handed a rare start for the Premier League club at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

‘It is deserved but we had 10 minutes where Milan nearly changed the whole tie. It is the football I want to see in most moments.

‘We are experienced in the competition, or should be. It was a little bit the changes as well that we just weren’t compact anymore.

‘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.

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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