Jurgen Klopp masterminded Liverpool’s transition from trophy challengers to trophy winners. During that time, a number of Reds players have built up a level of trust with the German despite not always being in the fans’ good graces.
The Belgian scored the winning goal in the miraculous 4-0 second leg comeback over Barcelona. Not content to settle for one magical moment, Origi then notched in the final to help sink Tottenham.
Since then, Origi’s performance levels have taken a nosedive. As such, speculation has swirled his most recent season at Anfield may have been his last.
Origi remains a mainstay in Klopp’s matchday squads when fit, but Peterborough chairman and Liverpool fan Darragh MacAnthony has declared he would take Brentford’s Ivan Toney over Origi “any day of the week.”
Speaking on the ‘Hard Truth’ podcast (via the Liverpool Echo), MacAnthony said: “I’m a Liverpool fan and I know my players, and I’d be delighted if we signed Ivan. Give me him over (Divock) Origi any day of the week.
“Liverpool cross the ball with quality for fun and imagine Ivan getting on the end of those crosses from those full-backs!
“Obviously we’ve done well financially from Ivan’s transfer and we could do better down the line. But I don’t mind him staying at Brentford either as we get paid if they stay in the Premier League.
“Ivan is only 24/25 and not yet at the peak of his powers. I can see him scoring 15 goals for Brentford and I can see him playing for England next season.
“There’s no way Brentford will be relegated either. They have an outside chance of a top 12 finish in my opinion. They have a good coach and they are a club who spend well who now have around £200 million to play with.”