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Jurgen Klopp sends Divock Origi heartfelt message after Liverpool exit; makes Minamino prediction

Jurgen Klopp, Divock Origi of Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sent a classy parting message to Divock Origi and made a prediction about Takumi Minamino’s future.

Origi left Liverpool recently by signing for AC Milan on a free transfer. The move ended his eight-year association with the Reds, during which he hit 41 goals in 175 matches.

Origi’s record in front of goal clearly wasn’t the best during his time at Anfield. But he became a cult hero after scoring several important goals for Liverpool and making his mark as an impact substitute.

Liverpool won pretty much every trophy available to them while Origi was at the club. This includes triumphs in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Origi will now aim to win more silverware in Italy with Milan. He should get more appearances at the San Siro as he won’t have to compete with the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for a starting spot.

During a recent interview, Klopp spoke about the departures of Origi, Sadio Mane and Minamino.

Mane has joined Bayern Munich for £35m, while Minamino has signed for Monaco in a deal worth £15.5m.

“We are very thankful to the boys, it was absolutely great, their contribution was outstanding – all in a slightly different way,” Klopp told club media.

Klopp calls Divock Origi ‘absolutely outstanding’

“But he [Origi] is a Liverpool legend, definitely. When you think about Divock, you cannot avoid a smile, because so many great moments were only possible because of him. Absolutely outstanding.

“Like the shoulder/header at Newcastle; so many things; the goals against Everton; Champions League, the final. Absolutely great.

“We wish him all the best. That’s what I said to him when I gave him a hug after our last Premier League game when he got his farewell. I said, ‘Wherever you go, I know you will be a success and I wish you all the luck in life because you deserve it.’”

Liverpool striker Divock Origi holding the FA Cup trophy

On Mane, the manager added: “Sadio, what can we say about Sadio, hey? What a player. A world-class player.

“He and we together reinvented him as a No.9 as well in the last season, which he played outstandingly well. I like the way it happened now because it was completely clean.

“We knew, he told us, his agent told us, they wanted to leave, they wanted to have a new challenge, find a new club. [It’s] never easy negotiations – it’s all good until we talk about money, but that worked then really well.

“So, as well a Liverpool legend, one of the all-time Premier League greats, I would say, with the numbers he has.”

Klopp then made a prediction about Minamino’s future, backing the Japan forward to have a ‘great career’.

Minamino will be welcomed back at Anfield – Jurgen Klopp

“And then Taki – not that long here but a similar influence on the things we did,” Jurgen Klopp said.

“Won big trophies here. We became champions together when he came in the winter and then we won the domestic cups together, which we wouldn’t have won without him, that’s the 100 per cent truth.

“That’s how it is. For him as well, Monaco, good club, he will play there, he will have a great career from here on. He will always be welcome when he comes back, 100 per cent, a fantastic person.”

Mane is the most likely to win trophies after leaving Liverpool. Bayern have picked up 10 Bundesliga titles in a row and adding Mane to their ranks will only make them stronger.

Origi could also become a league champion on the continent. Milan won the Serie A crown last season and will be hoping to defend this next term.

Minamino is the least likely out of the three to add to his winners’ medals, although going to Monaco is certainly a respectable move.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have decided against pursuing a Real Madrid player, with their transfer policy leaked by a report.