Prior to coming on for an injured Philippe Coutinho against Sunderland, Divock Origi had not been getting a great deal of game time for Liverpool. Despite being our in-form striker toward the tail end of last season, Origi fell down the pecking order due to injuries and the good form of Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.
His age—still just 21-years-old—and relative level of inexperience would not seem to indicate that he is the type of player who could come off the bench and score goals in each of his next five matches, but that is exactly what Origi has now accomplished. As is typical of Origi’s calm and collected off-the-pitch demeanor, he was modest about his recent contribution.
“I do my best,” Origi said to the club’s official website, “You work in the week and at the weekend you can express [yourself]. You just have to keep on working.
“I have very big goals. For me, it’s only the beginning – I have to keep on making steps. At the end of the season, then you have time to reflect.”
Origi might not have time to reflect, but we certainly do. When and if Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge return from injury, Jürgen Klopp will likely have a selection dilemma on his hands. The situation is even more complicated with Roberto Firmino now shuttled wide, and not producing at nearly the same level as he was before the move.
The Belgian striker is looking forward to the upcoming Merseyside Derby—a game in which Origi was the victim of the most cynical of fouls from Funes Mori.
“It is a huge, huge game.
“Now we have to recover from this game, take the good things from this game and improve the less good things and have good training. We will go there with very, very big motivation.”
We’ll all be rooting for Origi to make it six (or more) for six. With Phil Jagielka picking up a red card against Arsenal, it’s likely that Mori will be starting for the Toffees on Monday. Time for payback.