Divock Origi has been labelled the ‘best finisher’ at Liverpool, but Jamie O’Hara was having none of it.
Origi is a fan favourite and further cemented his cult hero status as he came on in the Merseyside derby and helped change the game, scoring the Reds’ second in a 2-0 victory over Everton.
It was his sixth Premier League goal against the Toffees, and it endeared himself to the Anfield faithful even more, if that was possible.
Although he is largely used as a substitute, the Belgian striker – who is out of contract in the summer – has played an important part of Liverpool’s recent history in his seven seasons with the Premier League giants.
He may not score a hatful of goals every season – with a record of 41 in 173 Liverpool appearances – but he has developed a knack of scoring important ones.
He also boasts a brilliant goals/minutes ratio this term with a record of six goals and three assists in 16 games – averaging a goal or an assist every 62 minutes.
And he earned big praise from Klopp following Sunday’s derby, as the Liverpool boss said: “He is a legend on and off the pitch.
“He is fantastic footballer for me, he is a world-class striker, our best finisher, he always was and everyone would say the same.
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“He does it in training and then not in squad and that is really hard, a really hard decision to make.
“The boys all are responsible for the situation we are in. Everybody loves Div and rightly so. He was again very decisive.”
But former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara was not buying that the striker is regarded at the club as a better finisher than Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane.
He told talkSPORT Breakfast: “I’m not having that. All that is is man-management. A player who is on the bench and you will need, you have to keep him happy.
“Of course he’s a good finisher and a top-class striker, but you are telling me he’s a better finisher than Salah and Mane?
“I’m going to fizz balls at you on the 18 yard box and who would you want there? Divock Origi is probably bottom of the list.”
O’Hara added: “Of course I don’t agree with him [Klopp]. He’s obviously just trying to keep him on board because he’s a player who doesn’t get used very often, but can rely on him when he needs him.
“That’s great man-management. As a manager, the hardest thing to do is to keep the players on the bench happy.
“Divock Origi spends most of his time at Liverpool on the bench, but [Klopp] keeps praising him when he does come on and scores goals.
“He did make a massive impact on the game as he was involved in the first and scored the second.
“He is a player they need in the squad, but he’s nowhere near the best of the players.”
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