By Matt Farr
Liverpool striker Divock Origi has revealed that hard work and a passion for the game lie behind his rich vein of form.
The Belgian international scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 EFL cup victory over Leeds on Tuesday night, taking his tally for the season up to four from 14 games in all competitions.
The 21-year-old is keen to impress Jurgen Klopp in the coming weeks, with a place in the starting line-up available after Philippe Coutinho was ruled out until the new year with injury.
Origi was handed a rare opportunity to lead the line by the Liverpool boss, who opted to rest the in-form Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino against Leeds.
The pair, as well as the injured Coutinho, have scored six goals each so far this season, and are part of a Liverpool attack that has scored 32 goals in 13 Premier League games – the best record in the league.
Origi seized his chance, claiming his desire to work hard for his team is helping him find the back of the net.
He told Liverpool’s official website: “I’ve a very big passion for football and I never give up.
“When you show that, you have the qualities and you try to learn. You can’t just coach yourself everything.
“I’m very happy that I’m here. I know this is a very big club and there is pressure but you try to make the best of it. You have to cope with it by working, working, working. That makes you calm and confident.
“I always put the team first and for me it was important to use every situation to learn and make steps. When the team needs you, when the manager needs you, you are there.
“I hope that I will continue to be in good form so that we can all do something well this season,” he finished.
Liverpool are on a 15 game unbeaten streak, dating back to the shock 2-0 defeat to Burnley on the second game of the season.
A title challenge is firmly on the cards given their current form, and the high-flying Merseyside outfit will be keen for it to continue when they face Bournemouth on Sunday.