With Daniel Sturridge playing 120 minutes against Manchester City on Sunday and looking exhausted by the end of it, nobody would be much surprised to see Divock Origi given the start when the two sides face off again this evening. And if he is, Origi says he’ll be ready for it.
"I’ve missed Anfield," said the promising young striker. "I like playing at home—there’s a good atmosphere. The last time [I played there] against Leicester there was a good atmosphere and we beat them. We played a big game. I came off with an injury unfortunately, but I always enjoy playing there."
It was an unfortunate injury for Origi, who was just rounding into form with a number of strong Europa League and League Cup performances, including a hat-trick against Southampton. With Daniel Sturridge out injured at the time, Origi had begun to look Liverpool’s much-needed answer at striker.
The 20-year-old hasn’t hit the same heights since he returned to full fitness, but a start against a City side that could be due for a let-off following Sunday’s cup final victory may be just what Origi needs, and while he isn’t taking a start tonight for granted, the safe assumption is that he’ll get it.
"Obviously the manager makes the choices," added Origi. "I just try to maximise and enjoy my game time, whoever the coach puts out. If it’s me, I’ll give 100% and I’ll be very happy to play."