Divock Origi: This is the Liverpool team I expect for Manchester United clash
By Emma Sanders
Divock Origi has revealed he expects Jurgen Klopp to select an unchanged team for Liverpool’s showdown against Manchester United on Monday week.
The Merseysiders host Jose Mourinho’s side at Anfield in the eagerly awaited Premier League clash on 17 October.
Origi expects Roberto Firmino to once again lead the line ahead of himself or Daniel Sturridge following the recent victories over Swansea and Hull.
It would mean the Brazilian playmaker being supported by the attacking midfield trio of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, who faces a race against time to be fit for the United match.
The 21 year-old Belgium international is yet to start for Liverpool in the Premier League this season but has made two starts in the EFL Cup.
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Origi has also made five substitute appearances in the league and scored his two goals of the season against Burton Albion and Derby County.
The young Belgian has improved significantly since Klopp took over in October 2015 and despite becoming a regular feature at the end of last season, is yet to make an impact during the 2016-17 campaign.
Speaking to Belgian publication HLN, Origi said, “A manager never changes his winning team. It does not matter to me.
“Klopp believes in me and says I have to be patient. He asked me to stay calm, which is not easy for a footballer.
“I want to play and be the decisive player that I was last season. I scored 10 goals in no time – everything can turn quickly in football.”
Origi picked up a serious ankle injury in April 2015 at a time when he was the side’s first-choice striker and in the form of his life and has not quite been able to recapture that form.
Speaking to the Belgian website back in the summer, Origi spoke of his admiration for the fans and how it is their influence that spurs him on to do well at Liverpool.
“The fans play their role. They support me a lot. I want to give something back to them. Their support gives me the energy to work hard and do what is needed to get back on the pitch.
“There are still lots of important games to play and everyone wants to be in the team. So do I,” he added.
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