Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out over a lack of concrete interest in West Ham United striker target Divock Origi in the summer.
West Ham were heavily linked with the Liverpool bit-part player ever since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax way back in January.
The Hammers were keen to sign the Belgian forward last month according to club insider ExWHUemployee.
Many West Ham fans were excited at the prospect of bringing Origi in from Liverpool given the club’s lack of back-up for Michail Antonio.
West Ham were heavily linked with Origi but Moyes ‘wasn’t convinced’
But Hammers boss David Moyes allegedly wasn’t convinced by the 26-year-old Reds attacker.
ExWHUemployee claimed West Ham were considering a loan move to sign the 26-year-old Liverpool man.
But Moyes wasn’t convinced as it emerged the former Lille ace is a client of agent Will Salthouse – a close confidant of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.
In the end Moyes elected not to sign another striker, much to the disdain of West Ham fans. The Scot said that there simply were not any strikers available that he wanted or could afford (Independent).
‘People obviously don’t watch enough football’ Klopp hits out at lack of interest in West Ham striker target
And now Liverpool boss Klopp has spoken out about the lack of interest in Origi following his superb display in a 3-2 win over AC Milan, saying it shows rival managers ‘don’t watch enough football’ (BT Sport).
“(Divock) played a beautiful game. People forget how good he is, it’s difficult to get into this team,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“In the summer transfer window we all thought there would be a proper offer for him, but obviously people don’t watch football enough.
“He’s a sensational striker and he did really well today… He’s a great guy. He’ll be seen as a legend when he leaves. He could have left in the summer but football is a crazy place and people forgot how good he is.”
Hammers fans will be reeling
West Ham fans who implored Moyes to make a move for Origi in the summer will be reeling after watching the striker’s performance.
Throw in the fact he has played just six times since January and the quality of opposition and it is all the more impressive.
Klopp makes a salient point. Perhaps Origi’s lack of game time at Anfield has put the likes of Moyes and West Ham off the Liverpool star.
But who knows maybe West Ham could make a move come January if Origi does not get much game time between now and then.