Origi wants a more central role

Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not help himself with the summer transfer business before the start of the season but a few players have been able to catch the imagination of the fans at Anfield.

Belgium national Divock Origi who moved to Anfield after a loan spell at Lille has been impressive inspite of the number of injuries that have hampered his progress this season.

Since Jurgen Klopp took over the Liverpool squad, the 20-year old seems to be a different player playing with plenty of confidence on his ability and was visible as early as in the 6-0 drubbing against Southampton where he netted thrice for his side.

However, Origi has not really been able to lead the line for Liverpool as Klopp has often opted to play him on the flanks preferring to play the likes of Sturridge and Benteke as an out and out striker.

This has limited his ability to find the back of the net but none the less his performances in recent times have made him a hit with the fans who would love to see him develop into a top class player at Anfield.

However, he will like to play more as a central striker, having more of a say in front of goal. He explained this in a recent interview with a Belgium newspaper.

Origi was asked if he’d like to play as a striker more often, to which he replied: “I’ve always said that I see myself as a striker in the future, but my strength is that I’m versatile. I can also play on the wings, but I have a slight preference to be up front.”

When Danny Ings was fit, Liverpool had four strikers in Sturridge, Benteke, Ings and Origi but the 20-year old waited for his chances and snatched the opportunities that he got in the limited time.

This has seen the manager prefer the Belgian over his international team-mate Christian Benteke when it comes to substitutions and this will surely give him more confidence going into the rest of the season.

Origi has just made 5 starts for the club this season but already has 5 goals and 2 assists to his name showing how valuable he can be to this Liverpool side for the weeks to come.

He will surely have to stay consistent on every opportunity he gets and will have to try and take advantage of the striker crisis at Anfield this season.


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