Danny Mills has lauded the character of Liverpool striker Divock Origi as he continues to play second fiddle to Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice front three.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England full-back says that it takes a certain mentality to accept a place as a squad player and that the Belgian international has proven his worth to the Reds.
Origi started and scored twice in the League Cup win over Arsenal but found himself back on the bench against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, Klopp bringing Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino back into the front three.
Mills says that the 24-year-old has shown exceptional dedication to continually perform when needed for the Reds and that it will have taken a lot of mental strength from the 27-cap international.
Mills told Football Insider: “He loves a last-minute goal, doesn’t he? It’s not easy to play that role, to know that you’re very unlikely to start week in, week out but to train as hard as you possibly can, to keep sharp so that when you are needed, you’re ready.
“It’s a really difficult role, it’s almost accepting that you are second-choice but having the determination, the desire, the will, the attitude to stay hungry. It takes a special kind of character to do that role season in, season out.”
Liverpool managed to snatch a last-minute winner against Villa to remain six points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Origi coming on for the final 25 minutes of the match.
He has a total of 14 appearances for the Reds this season only five of those coming among the starting XI, with three goals under his belt.
In other Liverpool news, Mills claims a big-name player is set for a spell out of the starting XI under Klopp.