Divock Origi’s decisive second half strike meant he lived up to the requirement for every player to make the most of the opportunities they get in the first team.
Jurgen Klopp has hailed Origi’s impact in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Sunderland after the Belgian came on as a first half substitute in place of the injured Philippe Coutinho.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “When Div came in, it’s how it is in life, timing is very important and now he’s ready again and that’s good. Maybe it’s a coincidence in this situation, but he’s ready again.”
“Today he was switched on from the first second, and it’s not an easy situation, nobody could’ve expected in this moment that we had to make a substitution, but we did it and Div was immediately in the game, that was really, really important.”
“He deserved it very, very much because even in these not very easy times for him, he is a very positive guy and always ready to learn. He’s still a young boy and today he got the benefit for this work.”
The striker played a vital role in helping his side earn a hard fought three points when he finally broke the deadlock with 15 minutes remaining.
It was goal he desperately needed in order to remind his manager and fans of the threat he poses, having watched on from the sidelines for much of the season so far.
The strength of this squad demands that every player makes a significant contribution in order to fight off those competing for their place in the starting eleven.
Origi certainly made the most of his chance- a chance gifted to him by the injury to Coutinho and the absence of Daniel Sturridge.
His performance represents a reminder of the quality we have throughout the team while it also gives Klopp another healthy selection dilemma.