Liverpool 21-year-old delivers verdict on fringe role
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool youngster Divock Origi claims he is working extremely hard to force his way into the starting XI.
The 21-year-old has endured a frustrating season at Anfield this season and been unable to cement a starting position.
The striker has made 30 appearances across all competitions this campaign and has managed eight goals in return.
However, he has completed 90 minutes in just three Premier League games this season and has been used mainly as an impact substitute by Jurgen Klopp.
Origi has not started a league match since 15 January against Manchester United, but has vowed to keep working hard and get back into contention.
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“I want to play, I want to earn that place,” Origi told the Liverpool Echo. “To do that you have to show everything in training. You have to give everything and earn it. That’s my main focus. To give everything I have.
“When you don’t play, you want to do everything you can to change that. I need to stay calm and work hard.”
Liverpool are blessed with several top-class attackers in their squad and Klopp has preferred a frontline of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane this season.
That has meant forward pair Daniel Sturridge and Origi have both had to wait patiently for their opportunities.
Origi is still trying to establish himself as a regular for the Merseyside club, but is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents by supporters.
The Belgian international has made 63 senior appearances for Liverpool since he joined for £10million in 2014 from Lille.
He will now hope to play a major role during the remainder of the season as the Reds try to gain a top four place.
They only have 13 matches remaining with all of them coming in the league after being eliminated from both the FA and EFL Cup in January.
In other Liverpool news, the club’s midfielder has made a hilarious comment about Jamie Carragher.