Divock Origi emerged as one of the glaring positives from yesterday’s 2-0 win over Sunderland.
The Belgian slotted into Liverpool’s attacking setup comfortably and was sure to remind everyone of his talent when he put his side ahead with a classy solo goal in the 75th minute.
It has been a tough start to the campaign for the striker, with the success of Liverpool’s usual attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, keeping him on the bench.
Having someone with Origi’s quality and potential on the sidelines is testament to how strong we are going forward.
Reflecting on his role in Saturday’s victory, he told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think it’s not easy, especially as a young player – I was so hungry to play. I started this season with a lot of hunger and I just had to be patient.”
“I think the message from the start of the season was to keep patient and whenever the team needed me I had to be ready.”
“Sometimes it can happen that you don’t play in the moment but I always believed in my qualities and so did the club, so did the supporters, so did the manager.”
“I just used all this hunger to improve myself and stay ready for the moment you have to help the team.”
What made Origi’s goal all the more impressive was the fact that he orchestrated it himself. He took responsibility, he trusted his skill and, more importantly, he took a shot on goal.
Sunderland’s defence was so compressed that we rarely had the opportunity to get a clear shot away but when we did, Origi made it count.
The 21-year-old spearheaded a Liverpool performance that differed from the explosive attacking play that has been successful for us this season.
Everything was played in front of Sunderland and his ability to breach that demonstrates what he can offer us.