Liverpool 21-year-old sends firm message to Jurgen Klopp following Everton victory
By Matt Farr
Liverpool forward Divock Origi has reiterated his desire for a regular starting berth at the club following the win over Everton on Saturday.
The 21-year-old attacker scored within just three minutes of his introduction midway through the second half to put the icing on the cake in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory.
However, the cameo display was Origi’s seventh substitute appearance from his last eight Premier League outings, with the Belgian international reportedly growing frustrated at his bit-part role.
Origi earned a regular role in the first team squad throughout November and December, but has since fallen back down the pecking order at Anfield.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Origi pleaded his case for more regular action, insisting to Jurgen Klopp that he should be seen as someone for the here and now, rather than tomorrow.
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He said: “I always said I want to be a top striker for his team and I feel that I can be, so I think I’m willing to prove on the pitch that I’m not an option for the future, but an option for today.
“The team comes first and I’m very happy to help the team and the supporters and the club, of course.”
Despite his lack of regular action, Origi has contributed nine goals and four assists from 35 appearances in all competitions.
Klopp has instead shown a preference towards deploying either Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane in a central attacking role, to great effect.
But Klopp is still expected to add a prolific goalscorer to his Liverpool ranks in the summer, with the injury-prone Daniel Sturridge likely to make way from the first team squad.
Origi arrived at Anfield in July 2014 for a reported fee of £10million, signing a five-year deal.
In other Liverpool news, Robbie Fowler has revealed his favourite moment from the Merseyside derby clash on Saturday.