Divock Origi is hoping that Brendan Rodgers can transform him from promising starlet into world-class marksman, after experiencing a tough year in Ligue 1.
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The 20-year-old has scored eight times in 30 games since he returned to Lille on a year-long loan, having joined us for £10m last summer. Nevertheless, he could potentially find himself beginning next season as our main striker if the unthinkable happens and we don’t sign a forward this summer, with Daniel Sturridge facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
According to the Daily Mirror, Origi believes that the slightly difficult campaign in France will not have any impact on whether he is given a chance at Anfield, as Rodgers confirmed to the Belgian that he sees something special in him.
“I feel that I will get my chance at Liverpool. They really believe that I can reach the very top.
“Brendan Rodgers said that I can become a world-class player. That is pleasing to hear,” he said.
Origi suggested that the bond between a manager and player can be critical to success, citing the fortunes of an international teammate.
“I can feel the manager has a lot of confidence in me, and that is incredibly important. Look at the relationship Eden Hazard has with Jose Mourinho,” he added.
The striker burst onto the world stage during last year’s World Cup, and arguably stood out amongst a Belgian side full of stars, thanks to a string of exciting, energetic performances. He credits his emergence to the country’s coach, and hopes that his next manager can have a similar impact on him.
“A coach is also a mentor to you, and I had a similar relationship with Belgium’s manager Marc Wilmots at the World Cup last summer,” he explained.
“Now I hope for the same with Rodgers at Liverpool.”