Yesterday, rumours in Italy claimed Divock Origi was Juventus’ top transfer target to replace Mario Mandzukic, who has been lined with a January move away from the club. Today, the Liverpool striker had a chance to have his say about those rumours—and about finding his minutes more limited than they were last year.
“I’ve started both matches of the League Cup, and I scored in both games,” he told Belgium’s HLN television when asked about his current club season. “Of course I would like to play more, but Liverpool has won almost every game—we lost against Burnley and drew against Tottenham—and you never change a winning team.
“Klopp believes in me and says I have to be patient. He asked me to stay calm, which is not easy as a footballer. I want to play and be the decisive player I was last season when I scored ten goals in no time, but everything can turn quickly in football.
When pressed directly about the possibility of a Juventus move, the €31m-rated hitman insisted that for his part, he’d “not heard it” and had little time to concern himself with rumours given how many there are in football. That for the player, right now, he’s only concerned with making the breakthrough for club and country.
“It’s a rumour, as there are many,” noted, who scored ten goals and 3 assists for Liverpool last season. “No, I’m concentrating fully on Liverpool and the Belgium national team.”