‘Confident’ Origi ready to ‘become a top player for Liverpool’

Date published: Wednesday 16th December 2015 8:57

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Divock Origi believes his form over the past fortnight proves he is ready to make the grade at Anfield and become a top player for Liverpool.

The Liverpool striker scored his first Premier League goal for the club in the weekend draw with West Brom, barely a week after he smashed a stunning Capital One Cup hat-trick at Southampton.

Belgium international Origi struggled desperately when he first arrived at the club, with fans concerned the massive £10m the Reds splashed out on the then teenager back in 2014 was a waste of cash.

But after being singled out for praise by boss Jurgen Klopp, he has won the Kop around with his impressive form in recent weeks.

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He explained it’s because he has finally come to terms with the massive gap between French top-flight football and its English counterpart.

“I think I needed some time to adapt to the lifestyle and the new competition but now I am able to show my qualities,” said the former Lille forward.

“For me I expect a lot from myself and I was a little bit frustrated because you work hard and the games don’t go like you want, so it was a huge relief to score. Mentally for me it was a huge boost.

“When I came here, everyone was clear about what they expected from me – to become a top player.

“But there are already top players in the team, so it was hard… I don’t have to ask myself too many questions, just bring my enthusiasm to the game and believe in myself.”

With England striker Daniel Sturridge sidelined until after Christmas, Origi will get more opportunities over the festive period. And after his initial problems adapting, he thinks he can take the chance now being offered.

“I would be very happy and excited to be called on by the manager. I am ready to give my all. The last game showed great things can happen,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“All you can do is give everything and then the coach makes the decision. The manager knew me from before and I try to play on my qualities in this system.

“He demands a lot as a coach but he is very good tactically so I am happy I can show my qualities. I am happy at this club – I am here for a reason. Whenever the team or coach needs me I am ready. I hope to be playing more from now.”

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