ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes Jurgen Klopp must “see something” in Divock Origi after the forward was offered a new long-term deal by Liverpool.
The Belgian scored the Reds’ second in the Champions League final on June 1 and is reportedly on the verge of signing a contract extension at the club.
And Mariner thinks Klopp’s decision to place in faith in the 24-year-old shows Origi must have what it takes to succeed at Anfield long-term.
“The thing with Origi, some players develop at a different rate,” Mariner said on ESPN FC.
“Klopp must see something in this kid if he’s going to give him an extension. He’s thinking, ‘Let’s just give him a little bit more time and see if he will develop.’
“When they signed him I really liked him but he hasn’t flourished just yet. He knows under Klopp what it takes to be a top, top player.
“He’s got some great players to learn from so this may be a year where he starts to push into the side a little bit.”
He added: “Sir Alex Ferguson always said when you have a successful side, you always bring in one or two just to freshen the deck.
“Maybe Klopp’s not of that mindset, but there’s no doubt that when he looks in the forward positions, [Xherdan] Shaqiri who can play on the left or right, Origi who can come in, you’ve got some decent quality coming in to supplement what’s an absolutely electric front three.
“I think it’s prudent that they’re doing this. Maybe Klopp does see some growth in Origi and 24, there should be some growth in him very, very quickly.
“He knows what the requirements are and he’s got to get to that level. He may reach that one day.”