Tuesday 28 January 2020

Origi building head of steam

Liverpool striker aims to take it slow and steady

Liverpool’s Divock Origi in action against KRC Genk’s Carlos Cuesta. Photo: Lee Smith
Liverpool’s Divock Origi in action against KRC Genk’s Carlos Cuesta. Photo: Lee Smith

Striker Divock Origi accepts he has a tough task in competing against Liverpool's famed front three but he believes he is "slowly but steadily" improving.

The Belgium international has found opportunities limited because of the form both individually and as a triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

He has, however, contributed some significant goals over the last 12 months, starting with his late derby winner at Anfield last December, through his double in the 4-0 Champions League semi-final second-leg comeback against Barcelona and then his strike in the final against Tottenham, to another added-time goal to equalise in last week's 5-5 League Cup draw with Arsenal.

With a packed fixture schedule over the next couple of months there is every chance Origi will get more game time and he hopes he can take his chance.

"Personally I am just going game, by game," he said after starting in the 2-1 Champions League victory over Genk after manager Jurgen Klopp rested key players ahead of Sunday's visit of Manchester City.

"I am just progressing, feeling stronger game by game and trying to help the team more and more.

"I am finding my ways, finding the routines, how the guys play and I think you can tell on the pitch as well, I am growing, trying to be more efficient, which is coming slowly but steadily."

The win over Genk, which put Liverpool top of Group E and within one victory of the knockout stage, was almost a sideshow, however, as the weekend's clash between the Premier League's top two was never far away from anyone's thoughts.

"It's good to keep the flow going and I think this weekend is going to be a big game. We have already played a couple of times against each other so we are all looking forward to it," he added.

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