Last season, Liverpool supporters were clamoring to see Belgian striker Divock Origi break his loan deal and come to Anfield early. Sure, this was mostly because of non-Origi reasons (e.g. strikers who wouldn't or couldn't strike), but they were clamoring nonetheless.
Well, the supporters weren't the only ones clamoring for a change, as Origi explains, "It wasn’t easy waiting to join Liverpool because everybody wants to join a big club like Liverpool. I was very excited for the new challenge."
So excited, it seems, that he just had to go ahead and put the ball in the back of the net on Tuesday night in Bangkok, as the squad went on to a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Thai All Stars.
"It felt great to score my first goal," Origi said. "It is always good for the confidence and it feels special to score in my first game. I could have scored more goals but I am happy. It was wonderful to play in Thailand in front of all the supporters."
The young striker was especially impressed by the Thai support, "Now I have come here I can see that the club is even bigger than I thought. And it is always nice to be playing with such good players."
In reading Origi's comments, he seems to have a positive attitude about his place in the team, and about his need to continue to grow and develop:
I just have to be ready, try to learn a lot and if I get the chance to give everything. I am confident about myself and now I am in a good place. But I’m still young and I still have a lot to learn. Playing with experienced players and a very good staff can help me improve every day. I have to focus on myself and improving, then the coach will make the choices.
Origi's drive and natural talent are clearly there. Let's hope Liverpool can go out and get a
nother Belgian French striker to lead the line while he continues to develop into the player many of us think he can become.
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