Liverpool have found answer to prayers with simplest of tweaks from Jurgen Klopp

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Maybe the answer was right in front of Jurgen Klopp’s eyes all along. Much has been made of Liverpool’s summer transfer business and more specifically, their failure to add another forward to their ranks.

That’s what they did a year ago when Diogo Jota was prised away from Molineux for a fee of £40million, a figure that would soon prove to be a bargain.

Jota’s instant impact at Anfield highlighted exactly why the Reds may benefit from some additional firepower in attack to keep the current squad on their toes.

But furthermore, a more pressing issue will arise at the halfway point in the season when Liverpool are expected to lose both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Their absence will understandably leave Liverpool light on the ground in attack for up to five or six matches depending on how Egypt and Senegal fare at the tournament.

Yet Liverpool’s owners FSG seem to be at ease with the situation and remain confident the Reds have enough quality in reserve to ensure their season remains on track.

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But the key from Klopp has been his decision to move Origi back through the middle, exactly where he belongs.

For some reason, Origi has often been utilised on the left side of attack since his 2019 Champions League heroics.

That season he really was the man of the moment for the European champions. He was worth his weight in gold.

He scored some hugely iconic goals against the likes of Everton, Newcastle, a double against Barcelona and Tottenham in the final.

The spell was the prime example of just how important squad players can be.

Origi’s stock and confidence since then has been low, to the point where the Reds would have moved him on for next to nothing if an offer had arrived.

Tonight’s header at Carrow Road once again proved that Origi is worth more to Liverpool than any £10m fee they may receive for him.

The Reds are never going to replace a player of his experience with that kind of money and are therefore better off keeping him.

When he plays centrally, like he did in 2019 and tonight, Origi remains a player capable of producing goals. He is a striker after all.

An added bonus against Norwich was that Takumi Minamino was in the goals.

He’s had to be patient since he arrived at the club from RB Salzburg before he headed out on loan to Southampton.

But once again, should he be respected and used in his correct position, he remains a player who can contribute across the stretch of a full season.

Maybe Liverpool were right after all not to spend. Manage them correctly and their current options remain capable of stepping up to the plate in support of Mane, Salah, Jota and Roberto Firmino…



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