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Saturday 24 September 2016

Origi learning from Sturridge

Divock Origi. Photo: PA
Divock Origi. Photo: PA

Liverpool's Divock Origi has watched Daniel Sturridge closely in training in an attempt to become a better striker but the irony of supplanting his team-mate does not register with the Belgian.

The 20-year-old scored a vital away goal in Germany last week and is vying with Sturridge for the chance to lead the line in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund.

He capped a fine week with two goals against Stoke on Sunday as a half-time substitute to steal the limelight from Sturridge who had grabbed his third in five starts in the opening 45 minutes.

Manager Jurgen Klopp preferred Origi's strong running and physical presence to Sturridge's speed and sharpness in the first leg and could well do the same in the return as it helped keep the tournament favourites quiet for long periods.

Origi, however, believes the pair can play together as a pair if necessary as he has studied the Englishman's game closely. "He's a big player so when I play with him I see a lot of things I can bring out in my game," he said.

"I try to see how Daniel moves. He moves very smart, he comes between the lines and he finishes very well.

"He is creative so he has a lot of qualities and talent and he makes steps and became a big player so that's my aim, to make the same progress like him. My qualities are more when I move around and use my speed. You have to learn how to use this. I have seen big improvements.

"The day after games when I don't play we do a lot of intensive games when we play as a group and I try to use these moments to improve.

"You always ask for advice from experienced players and the manager. That's what you have to do as a young striker."

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