When Divock Origi was named to lead the Liverpool attack on Thursday night over Daniel Sturridge, it could have been seen as a controversial decision by Jürgen Klopp. Indeed, had it not worked out there would have been many supporters and pundits coming out of the woodwork to question the choice.
Instead, the young Belgian striker put in a fantastic performance and scored a crucial away goal to help the Reds escape Westfalenstadion on level terms. Origi's hard work, skill, running the lines, taking on defenders, hold-up play, and--most importantly--goal scoring were all on display on Thursday night. International teammate Simon Mignolet, however, was not surprised by the stand-out performance:
I knew Divock could perform like that because we see it in training every day. I know what he can do. He had some time to adapt to the demands of English football. A few injuries stopped him but he has got everything you need to make it as a striker in the Premier League and in Europe. He's strong, he keeps the ball, he's so quick, he can score a goal, and he works his socks off.
Divock worked so hard for us to win the ball back. That made a big difference for us and it was nice to see. You could see he wasn't fazed by the occasion. That's probably down to his age. There was no fear and that's a good thing. He's a good character and hopefully he can keep doing the things he's doing. If he does then he will have a great future ahead of him.
After such a big night for the young striker, Origi seems to be the odds-on favorite to get another start when Dortmund and Liverpool resume hostilities back at Anfield on Thursday night. Origi, still just 20-years-old, has continued improving by leaps and bounds this season, especially after the arrival of Klopp in October. Hopefully he has a few more big nights ahead of him before the season draws to a close next month.