Liverpool hero Divock Origi has hailed the ‘positive energy’ around the squad ahead of the new season – dismissing claims that there are problems ahead of the new campaign.
Many fans are unhappy with the lack of signings over the summer potentially leaving the squad looking thin in some areas, while results and performances so far in pre-season have not been great.
Origi, though, says the players in the squad at the moment have a lot of hunger and desire and are ready to make the next step regardless of whether new arrivals come in.
Via the Liverpool ECHO, he said: “There’s a sense of being proud of what we achieved but a hunger too. We are still a young group. I want to use this to make the next step and continue to be successful because I really believe that we have everything here to do that.
“Even coming into Melwood, you feel there is something special going on here. Winning major honours is one of the main values of the club. We will fight and by doing that I think we have a good chance of positive things happening again in the future.”
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Origi certainly has hunger: he signed his new deal in the knowledge that he will need to overhaul Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane in order to get regular game time.
The latter will miss the start of the season, so the Belgian will have a chance to impress then. A fast, goalscoring beginning to the campaign for him could be crucial to the Reds’ chances of winning the Premier League with every point vital from August through to May.