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Jurgen Klopp explains why Divock Origi was selected over Sadio Mane for Champions League clash

Jurgen Klopp explains why Divock Origi was selected over Sadio Mane for Champions League clash

Liverpool ring the changes against AC Milan

Following their strong start to the season, Liverpool have rung the changes for their Champions League group stage opener against AC Milan.

Joe Gomez was handed his first start of the season following a lengthy spell out injured, while Divock Origi has come in from the cold amidst injuries to Harvey Elliott, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino.

The Reds, who will be looking to improve on a disappointing defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last season, now look light in attack, while defensively there is still no debut for new centre-back Ibrahima Konate.

Why Origi is starting

Even amid the injury crisis, Divock Origi has seen gametime hard to come by of late. In fact, before today, he was yet to play a minute of competitive football this campaign, and did not even make the Liverpool matchday squad for the last three fixtures.

However, Jurgen Klopp retains faith in his talents, and explained why he opted for the Belgian forward over Sadio Mane versus Milan, stating:

“It’s about bringing in fresh legs and surprising the opponent. I’m sure he will play well tonight.” 

Could it be that Origi will offer something different in a Liverpool frontline that is likely to see a lot of the ball, while offering a more physical presence than Mane?

Both Mane and Minamino are on the Liverpool bench, just in case the plan does not have the desired success, but could Origi prove an unexpected hero?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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