Divock Origi is thrilled to have scored his first goal for Liverpool and is excited about the upcoming season.
Origi signed for the Reds for £10 million from Anfield from Ligue 1 side Lille last summer but stayed at the French outfit for one final season.
Making a mark
The Belgium international didn't have the best of times last term and bagged just nine goals from 44 games in all competitions.
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However, the 20-year-old has joined Brendan Rodgers' side hungry and full of confidence and made his début during Liverpool's 4-0 win against Thailand All Stars on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.
He came on at half-time and scored his team's final goal when firing a header in from a corner.
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And Origi admits the strike has done him the world of good.
“It felt great to score my first goal,” the striker told the Liverpool Echo."It is always good for the confidence and it feels special to score in my first game."
“It wasn’t easy waiting to join Liverpool because everybody wants to join a big club like Liverpool. I was very excited for the new challenge.
“Now I have come here I can see that the club is even bigger than I thought. And it is always nice to be playing with such good players.”
Brendan Rodgers was highly pleased with Origi's efforts in Bangkok, especially with his aerial presence.
Liverpool were distinctly toothless in front of goal last season and managed just 52 goals in the Premier League. The failure to replace Luis Suarez, who left for Barcelona for £75 million last summer, and the injuries to Daniel Sturridge meant he missed most of the campaign were significant factors why, as well as Mario Balotelli failing to fire in the early stages of the season.
The Reds used Raheem Sterling mostly as a striker, however, his finishing wasn't up to scratch and he has now departed Anfield for Manchester City for £49 million.
The trio of Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini were all rarely used by Rodgers last term and they are all unofficially on the club's transfer list.
Despite Origi's disappointing season at Lille, there's no doubt he has bags of talents. He's got lethal pace and has plenty of tricks on the ball and also can finish.
With Sturridge out injured until October and Liverpool still not signing a high profile striker, Origi could play a significant role.
He'll have tough competition from Danny Ings, who's joined the Reds on a free transfer from Burnley, and Rodgers will feel more confident heading into the season.