By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Divock Origi changes the “dynamic” of Liverpool when he spearheads the attack, according to Mark Lawrenson.
The Belgium international got the nod to start ahead of Daniel Sturridge in the first leg of the Merseysiders’ Europa League quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night and responded by scoring a precious away goal in the 1-1 draw.
It was only Origi’s sixth goal of his debut Liverpool campaign but Lawrenson is increasingly impressed by the 20-year-old striker as he assesses what sets him apart from Sturridge.
“He gives you a little more pace and a little bit more power,” Lawrenson told Radio Five Live on Friday morning. “He’s not as good a finisher as Sturridge but he changes the dynamic of the team.”
Origi had played second fiddle to Sturridge, 26, over the last few months after both strikers returned following lengthy spells on the sidelines.
Manager Jurgen Klopp revealed after the match that he had selected Origi against Dortmund because he felt the Belgian was better able to take advantage of the spaces behind the home defence.
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Origi put the visitors 1-0 up in the first half with a crucial away goal before Mats Hummels equalised early in the second period.
The only downbeat note of an otherwise uplifting night for Liverpool, who produced an outstanding defensive display against one of Europe’s in-form teams, was a knee injury to skipper Jordan Henderson.
The latest Liverpool news is that pundits Gary Lineker and Stan Collymore were among those hailing the team’s performance in the immediate wake of the 1-1 draw.