There’ll be few things more satisfying than Divock Origi nutmegging Ramiro Funes Mori and sticking one in the top corner tonight…
Everton’s Argentine brutally scythed our Belgian down in the Anfield fixture last term, keeping Origi out for pretty much the rest of last season with a nasty injury.
He didn’t get in the team at the beginning of this campaign either, but since Coutinho’s injury, he’s taken his opportunity with both hands – scoring five goals in five games.
Daniel Sturridge isn’t fit right now, but Origi’s form has probably pushed him ahead of the Englishman in the pecking order.
His captain Jordan Henderson has taken time to wax lyrical about our 21-year old, who’s already scored 17 goals for Liverpool – in just 21 starts. (Obviously he’s appeared plenty from the bench, but this stat is mighty impressive regardless…)
“It is very exciting,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.
“He is a brilliant lad as well. He works really hard. He has got great potential but he is also producing now.
“I think he is learning a lot from the manager and the coaching staff here. For me, there is no better place in the world for him to be. This is the perfect place for him to learn, improve and get better. The same goes for all of us as players.
“Divock has been brilliant. He might not have got as much gametime as he would have liked over the first few months of this season, but he stayed patient and worked hard. He was training well and just quietly waiting to get his chance.
“Now he has been given it, he is coming up with the goods. He has produced some really good performances and just needs to carry that on.”
Origi is physically outstanding, but he’s proving recently he has subtlety to his game, as well as an excellent finish. He scored poacher’s goals, like against Leeds, but also individual efforts, like the curler against Sunderland.
If he continues developing at the current rate and fulfils his potential, we could have a world-class striker on our hands.