Jordan Henderson believes that Liverpool Football Club is the best place for Divock Origi to turn into a world class striker.
Last season, we saw glimpses of the brilliance that is Divock Origi and now, especially in the last five games, we are realising just how good the 21-year-old actually is. His eye for goal is daunting and he is not showing any sign of slowing down with regards to scoring in consecutive games – he has five in a row as it stands.
When Origi came into the fold last season he came off the back of a truly terrible season in France and was even named in Ligue 1’s Worst Team of the Season. The transformation that he has undergone has included hitting the gym and subsequently going up a few shirt sizes and watching the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke in training to learn how it’s done in the Premier League.
In Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League game in charge, he chose Origi as his number nine as an immediate show of faith. It later came out that he had thought of signing the former Lille striker in his time as Borussia Dortmund’s manager.
As much as Origi’s rise to prominence in a Liverpool shirt has been gradual, it has also been expected. His goal in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil against Russia catapulted him to the forefront of the media spotlight.
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You could argue that the media attention harmed his attention as his form dipped and he managed just 9 goals in 44 games in the 2014/15 season. At Liverpool, however, he has managed 17 goals in 21 starts and is getting more and more credit for being a highly efficient number nine.
Jordan Henderson, Liverpool’s skipper and another in-form player for the Reds, is hugely excited by Origi and his development.
“It’s very exciting,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo. “He’s a brilliant lad as well. He works really hard. He’s got great potential but he’s also producing now.”
“I think he’s learning a lot from the manager and the coaching staff here.
“For me, there is no better place in the world for him to be. This is the perfect place for him to learn, improve and get better. The same goes for all of us as players.
“Divock has been brilliant. He might not have got as much game time as he would have liked over the first few months of this season.
“But he stayed patient and worked hard. He was training well and just quietly waiting to get his chance. Now he’s been given it, he’s coming up with the goods. He’s produced some really good performances and just needs to carry that on.”
Liverpool will take on eternal rivals and neighbours Everton tonight in the 227th Merseyside Derby and Origi will be hoping he overcomes a knock to extend his red-hot goalscoring streak.
Let us know down below if you think Divock Origi will make it six in six against the Ev tonight – if he’s fit to start that is.