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Striker Says Origi's Champions League Heroics Scuppered Liverpool Move

Striker Says Origi's Champions League Heroics Scuppered Liverpool Move

In retrospect, it's clear that Divock Origi's Liverpool career probably peaked at the end of the 2018/2019 season.

The Belgian striker scored key goals against Barcelona and Spurs during the club's Champions League run, earning him a place in Anfield folklore.

However, he has since struggled. It's clear Jurgen Klopp can't depend on Origi as a dependable backup for his first choice front three, with the player scoring four Premier League goals since the start of last season.

As it turns out, the form he showed in the first half of 2019 may have secured his future at the club, with one striker saying the former Lille man's Champions League exploits scuppering his move to Liverpool.

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As quoted by Sport1, German striker Max Kruse said that he had all but agreed a deal to join the Merseysiders in the summer of 2019 from Werder Bremen on a free transfer. It would ultimately fall apart after they decided to persist with Origi for the following season.

Of course, I would have done that (move to Liverpool). In my opinion, it was relatively fixed. [Liverpool] actually wanted to give up two strikers.

Then one of the strikers scored goals in the Champions League semi-final and final. Then it was over. At that moment it was disappointing...

Talking to Jürgen Klopp was awesome. We spoke on the phone once or twice. Everything is great with him. I’m not angry with Jürgen. Every now and then I send him a photo from vacation.

Instead, Kruse would move to Fenerbahce where he would score seven goals and register seven assists in his only season in Turkey. Having joined Union Berlin last summer, he has scored six goals and got five assists in ten Bundesliga games.

It certainly would have been interesting to see how he would have fared at Anfield.

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