It’s something that has been discussed on more than one occasion in the last few months but it is hard to believe that Divock Origi is still only 21-years-old.
Not only does he play with the maturity of someone with much more experience but he also talks about football and works with the kind of attitude that we would expect from someone who has been playing in the Premier League for years.
The Belgian striker has been prolific in front of goal since returning the the starting line up but he knows there is still a long way to go in terms of his development. Origi has highlighted the hard work he puts in off of the pitch in order to improve.
He told the Daily Mail: “I have read about all the strikers Rush, Owen, Fowler, Suarez, Torres – it’s my wish to be like them.”
“Every striker has qualities. Look at the aggression of (Diego) Costa; the runs that (Edinson) Cavani makes. The finishing of (Harry) Kane. Even from the young guys who are coming up. You have to be open to learn from everybody. I analyse my game a lot. I watch my clips on my iPad.”
“I look at all the striker here. Daniel (Sturridge) has a lot of finishing skills, so maybe that makes people not think about his passing skills. But he has got a lot of passing skills. A lot. He can eliminate a defender and put a striker through on goal. Nearly every time I play with Daniel, I enjoy my game.”
This approach to football already makes Origi a role model in his own right for young and upcoming stars. It is the kind of hard work that both managers and fans adore and the kind of hard work that bodes well for the future of that player.
Klopp demands constant improvement from his men and Origi has bought into that perfectly. He is an outstanding talent a already a true professional.