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Klopp Offers Positive Origi Fitness Update

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The Belgian won’t feature against Napoli, but he shouldn’t be out long.

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As the Reds begin the season in earnest, with the games packing on as we add in the Champions League and League Cup in the coming weeks, it will be all hands on deck. Divock Origi has proved himself to be an important cog in the boss’s machine, acting as relief for any of the front three who needs a break. He also almost always the first player subbed into games when he doesn’t start.

Problems came on Saturday, when Origi started ahead of Roberto Firmino, but was subbed out with an ankle injury after only 30 minutes. Firmino came in and put in a man of the match performance for the rest of the game, but Origi’s fitness was nonetheless a question on many fans’ minds.

After assessment, Klopp eased worries ahead of the game against Napoli, in which Origi was not part of the travelling squad.

“The update on Div is that it is not too serious,” Klopp reported. “We expect him [to be out for] between one and two weeks, but it depends a little bit on when he can deal with the pain. It is nothing really; it’s a feeling, but it should be fine.”

The goal will likely be to see Origi lead the line against Milton Keynes next week in the League Cup in order to give some of the front three a break. The other option at Klopp’s disposal is youngster Rhian Brewster, who is expected to earn some minutes in the domestic cups this season, assuming the Reds fare better in them than they have the last few years. Brewster has also travelled to Naples in place of Origi for this first Champions League group stage match up.