Liverpool hotshot Divock Origi has heaped praise on his potential rival for a starting spot Daniel Sturridge, symbolising his grounded nature.
Our young Belgian, still only 20, has been superb recently, scoring against Borussia Dortmund a week ago and contributing a sharp brace against Stoke at the weekend. In total, he’s notched eight goals this term in 12 starts – a very impressive record which only looks like improving.
As a result of his form, Origi could well get the nod ahead of Daniel Sturridge up top tonight for the second-leg of the Dortmund clash.
Considering Sturridge is fully fit, this is a huge testament to Origi’s progression. For most of this season we’ve bemoaned the fact Sturridge has been unavailable and we’ve had nobody to fill his shoes, but now he’s ready, Origi’s almost usurped him.
But it’s by learning from Sturridge that Origi has been able to improve at such a rate.
“[Sturridge] is a big player so when I play with him I see a lot of things I can put in my game, as well as with Christian (Benteke), Danny (Ings) and even the young players,” he said, reported in the Echo.
“I try to see how Daniel moves. He moves very smart, he comes between the lines and he finishes very well. He is creative so he has a lot of qualities and talent. He became a big player so that’s my aim, to make the same progress like him.”
Jurgen Klopp can of course call upon the two forwards at the same time, as he did during the second-half of the Stoke clash on Sunday. Against Dortmund tonight though, fielding two strikers might be a risk, and it’s likely that one of them will begin from the bench and only be called upon if absolutely necessary.