It’s been a big year for young players at Liverpool, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho becoming increasingly important players under Brendan Rodgers’ tutelage.
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For Divock Origi their progress, along with that of Jordon Ibe, is a big source of motivation and inspiration as he plots his path into our first-team ahead of next season.
The Belgian, who has spent this season on loan at former club Lille, is desperate to make an immediate impression at Anfield, with fans eager to see what the striker can produce a year on from his signing.
There will certainly be plenty of competition for striking roles at Anfield next season, although it remains to be seen whether the likes of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini will be on their way out – as the Daily Mirror has previously suggested.
However, Origi was full of praise for Rodgers when he spoke with our official website earlier this week, explaining why he’s so excited to work with a manager with a reputation for nurturing young talent.
He said: “To see the players develop and play in a top league in such a young team, for me it’s very exciting.
“When you see how the coach and the staff work with the young players – how Sterling, for example, has learned over the years and how Ibe is now integrating with the team, it is very interesting. It is very nice to have seen that this season.
“The manager is one of the reasons I came to Liverpool – he’s someone who has proven he knows how to work with young players, knows how to develop young players and also lets them play.
“For me, it’s about giving 100 per cent every time on the field and I think the rest will come. I will just try to learn and I am sure everything will be OK.”