Jurgen Klopp was effusive in his praise for Divock Origi and says the Belgian will “explode” wherever he goes, seemingly confirming his departure in the summer.
The 26-year-old has now scored his sixth goal against Everton and seems hellbent on haunting the Goodison Park side every time he plays them.
It’s restitution for the shocker of a challenge from Funes Mori in 2016 which caused Origi to miss the rest of the 2015/16 season.
His header made it 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday and protected the lead handed to Liverpool by Andy Robertson’s own headered goal.
There are very few players at the club that are loved so unconditionally by the Kop as Origi, whose name was chanted ominously as he prepared to take to the pitch.
It was a sign of the stunning display to come as Origi scored, linked up play and reminded Everton of his attacking class once more.
After full-time, Jurgen Klopp was interviewed by Sky Sports and the German hailed the “world class striker” but also seemingly hinted at his departure this summer.
“He’s a legend on and off the pitch I have to say, that’s how it is,” the boss was keen to underline.
“He is a fantastic footballer. For me – and I know it sounds ridiculous because I don’t line him up often – he’s a world-class striker.
“He’s our best finisher, definitely. He always was and everybody would say the same.
“When you see him doing these kinds of things in training and he’s not in the squad because of the quality of other players, that is really hard I can imagine.
“Today, again, other players were not in the squad who are in really good shape; really hard decisions to make because the boys all want to contribute and are all responsible for the situation we are in.
“But then Div. Everybody loves Div, and rightly so. He was, again, very decisive and I’m very, very happy for him.”
Yet despite the class that Origi has, he is often left out of the matchday squad entirely and has started zero Premier League matches this season with six cameos from the bench.
He now has three goals from a total of 106 Premier League minutes. While he might be unable to break into the world class front three at Liverpool, he’s certainly able to take his chances when they come.
Despite his talent and the fact that Klopp clearly loves him, the German manager seemed to hint at a possible departure this summer.
According to Sky Sports, Origi’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season unless a clause in his deal is triggered.
If the forward starts an unspecified number of Premier League matches, his contract with the Reds would automatically be renewed for a further year which explains his lack of starts in the league.
“Whatever Div will do in his future, if he gets back for what he’s doing here for Liverpool, I probably will never, ever miss a player more than Divock Origi,” Klopp said.
“Because he will just explode wherever he goes.”