By Tom Blackburn
Liverpool striker Divock Origi has revealed how much he has learned from watching 59-goal striker Luis Suarez ahead of Saturday.
Barcelona man Suarez scored 31 league goals in the 2013-14 season to spearhead Liverpool to an against-the-odds second place Premier League finish.
The Uruguayan has taken his game to another level in Spain and he scored a staggering 59 times across all competitions last season for Barcelona, including 40 goals in 35 La Liga appearances.
In an interview with the Liverpool website, Origi praised the way Suarez goes about his business and revealed the influence the all-time great has had on his own career.
“He made a great impact here. I used to watch him play a lot,” said Origi, 21.
“I think he is a very intelligent player, a very big player and I think his mental strength is one of the biggest aspects of his game.
“He’s a winner, he meant a lot to this club and it will be great to play against him. I have always enjoyed watching the top-class, world-class players and I think I learned a lot from this.
“As a young player you have to look a lot at the experienced players, but you also have to go into this game yourself knowing that you can do something.”
Origi has impressed in his short time in the Liverpool first team and has leapfrogged Mario Balotelli, Christain Benteke and Danny Ward to become the club’s secondary striker.
The 21-year-old joined the Merseyside outfit in the summer of 2014 from Lille in a £10million move after impressive performances for Belgium at the World Cup in Brazil.
Following a season back on loan at Ligue 1 side, Origi returned to Liverpool last summer and made an impressive impact, particularly under new manager Klopp.
When Suarez joined the Merseyside giants in 2011 he initially played upfront with Andy Carroll under manager Kenny Dalglish, and the attacker built up a reputation for missing chances after scoring just four goals in 13 Premier League appearances.
However, the striker soon showed his class and in his next three seasons he totaled an impressive 78 goals.
The Uruguay striker eventually left Liverpool for Barcelona in controversial circumstances after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, which saw him banned from football until October of the same year.
In other Liverpool news, their defender reveals on Twitter that he has signed Liverpool contract.