Jurgen Klopp explains why Divock Origi starts against Porto in the Champions League


Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp explained his decision to start Divock Origi against Porto in the Champions League.

The Reds manager made three changes to the team that beat Chelsea 2-0 at the weekend.

Origi arrives for Roberto Firmino, with James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum replacing Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson.

Explaining Origi's decision, the boss said it was due to freshness and recent performances – and nothing to do with any problem with Firmino.

In conversation with BT Sport, Klopp said: "No problem, in fact – just respect the fantastic way the Divock Origi is already in weeks or months and bring new legs.

"That's all, the same thing we do in the midfield, because we expect a very intense game, we expect a tough Porto team. So we need to be ready for it.

"Of course Bobby is ready for this, but because he never gives himself a break, every once in a while we have to do it.

"But it's not a break, in fact, it's bringing Div and having that option: speed and all those things, that's what we think."

Liverpool are 2-0 away from their first game at Anfield – and will make a semi-final against Barcelona if they do the job in Portugal tonight.

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