Divock Origi has claimed his time out of the first-team has given him an opportunity to improve his attributes via the training ground.
The Belgian hasn’t started a Premier League game this season, but came off the bench early on Saturday due to Coutinho’s injury and scored our crucial goal – cutting in from the left flank and curling in a beauty past Jordan Pickford. It set up a vital 2-0 win which keeps us within one point of leaders Chelsea, who face Manchester City next weekend.
As well as honing his skills at Melwood, Origi has had the benefit of Thierry Henry’s tutelage, as the Arsenal legend bizarrely works as Roberto Martinez’s assistant for Belgium!
According to our young striker, it’s doing him a world of good.
“Yes, we spoke a lot and he tries to improve my game,” he told Sky Sports. “He is a good man as a person and a legend so it is interesting!”
With Coutinho set to be out for the foreseeable and Daniel Sturridge similarly crocked, Origi is likely to get a run of games in the first-team – starting tomorrow in the EFL Cup tie against Leeds.
His talent and attitude means we’re backing him to grasp the opportunity with both hands, with the 21-year-old suggesting he’s more than ready to lead Liverpool’s line in the absence of his more experienced team-mates.
He’s likely to be partnered with younger prospects on Tuesday, but against Bournemouth at the weekend, expect Origi to play the focal point with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino either side…
“I focus on myself, to be honest, and on my mentality and training. Giving everything,” he added.
“I wanted to use the time to improve other parts of my game and analyse my game.
“You can improve in both ways. I have learned a lot and I was ready to show this.
“Whenever the manager needs me I will be ready.”