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Klopp cuts off journalist question to remind him Origi came off Genk's conveyor belt of stars

19:58 GMT 04/11/2019
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The Reds boss interjected after the forward was missed off a list of players to graduate from the Belgian club's academy

Jurgen Klopp said Divock Origi is a 'Liverpool legend' after cutting off a journalist to remind him that the Reds striker is among the many big stars produced by Genk’s academy.

Klopp was speaking at a press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with the Belgian outfit at Anfield on Tuesday.

Genk have developed a number high-profile players in recent years, including Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi.

Origi is also among them, having spent nine years at the club’s academy before joining French side Lille in 2010 at the age of 15, something Klopp was at pains to point out.

The 24-year-old is something of a cult hero at Anfield having scored a number of crucial goals for the club last season, including late winners against Everton and Newcastle, a brace in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona and the crucial second goal in the final against Tottenham.

Speaking at the press conference, the journalist said to Klopp: 'You're playing against Genk, which is a very famous club for very big players. [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Kalidou] Koulibaly, a lot of players, [Wilfred] Ndidi-'

“Divock Origi,” Klopp interjected. “Don't forget that. “Liverpool legend, by the way. Pretty famous here.”

Klopp also insists his side are not looking too far into the future, with a huge title clash against Manchester City looming at the weekend.

The Reds can take a giant step towards the Premier League title by going nine points clear with a win against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday, but Klopp says his team’s recent success has been based on not looking beyond their next game.

“You can say the words ‘Manchester City’, I only don’t think about them at the moment – why should I? That’s no problem,” added the former Borussia Dortmund boss.

“I don’t have to [tell the boys]. The story the boys wrote in the last three years was only possible because we were always focused on the next game, completely, with all we have.

“Nobody thinks [about City] in this moment – and I don’t have to tell them because I know them. Nobody has to tell the boys City are on Sunday, tomorrow is Genk.

“We have big ambitions in this competition and it is an open group, with still pretty much everything possible so we have to be 100 per cent spot on tomorrow night.

“We have to create an incredible atmosphere again, we have to make life as uncomfortable as possible for Genk, we have to make sure that we get these three points because that’s all why we’re doing this stuff. It only works if you’re 100% focused on it, everybody knows that.

“I don’t doubt my players at all. I really would feel a bit embarrassed if I had to tell them, ‘By the way, boys, don’t think about Manchester City already.’ I know them well enough, I don’t have to do that.”