Origi makes thinly-veiled dig at Liverpool demands

Date published: Wednesday 4th October 2017 2:38 - Matthew Briggs

Wolfsburg striker Divock Origi still believes his future is at Liverpool, despite a thinly-veiled attack on the club.

Origi was shipped out to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on loan this summer, having failed to establish himself in the first team at Anfield.

The Belgian scored 23 goals in 86 games at Liverpool but found himself behind Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in the striker pecking order.

And the summer signing of Dominic Solanke and the emergence of Ben Woodburn further pushed the Belgium striker down the ranks and convinced him that his first-team prospects would be better served elsewhere.

Origi, 22, wanted a “new challenge” and in September he said: “Wolfsburg really wanted to have me.”

Origi has now made five starts in the Bundesliga and scored once, and has now hit out at Liverpool for expecting too much from him.

“You can’t expect from a youngster to perform consistently,” he told HLN.

“It went with ups and with downs. I scored 21 goals in two years. Not bad. I’ve learned a lot at Liverpool. It’s still my plan to return after this season. But now I’m focusing on Wolfsburg.”

Origi, who arrived for £10million from Lille in July 2014, was loaned back to the French side for a season before he embarked on his Anfield career.

Still Origi, whose contract expires next summer,  was only 20 when he got his first taste of first-team action at Anfield.

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