Scoring a valuable away goal to give Liverpool a 1-1 draw away to Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, Divock Origi is optimistic ahead of next week’s second leg.
Klopp was rewarded with an excellent display, with Origi capping a strong performance with the opening goal at the Westfalenstadion, holding off Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek before firing beyond Roman Weidenfeller.
This gives Liverpool a vital away goal heading into next week’s Europa League quarter-final second leg at Anfield, and speaking after the game, Origi described this as a “huge boost.”
“Today was a big game,” he explained, “at a big club you have responsibilities.
“I’m happy to score and it’s a good result for us today.
“For us it’s a huge boost. We knew we were capable, but you always have to show it on the pitch.
“It’s promising for the next game, [and] with our supporters we have one man more on the pitch.
“We need to play better, keep more of the ball than here – but I’m confident.”
Handing Origi the Man of the Match award at full-time, Dejan Lovren praised Liverpool’s “discipline,” with Klopp’s heavy-pressing tactical remit stymieing Dortmund’s threat in the final third.
“To be honest, we knew it’d be a tough game,” he said.
“We had a couple of chances – Divock especially in the first half – to kill them.
“It’s a good result for us, we need to do even better at Anfield [but] I’m satisfied today.
“It was a great job from everyone today, a great discipline in defence with all the players.”
Lovren battled back from a slow start to produce a solid display alongside Mamadou Sakho, though Klopp was disappointed to concede from a Mats Hummels header shortly after half-time.
But able to take an away goal to Anfield in a week’s time, Klopp, Origi and Lovren can all be content with their progress.