Daniel Sturridge claims he has been “very impressed” by Liverpool teammate Divock Origi this season.
Origi has divided opinion amongst the Reds’ faithful - a poll conducted by the Mirror earlier this week found that only 39.7 per cent of fans want the 20-year-old to stay at Anfield beyond January - but Sturridge believes the Belgium international has a bright future ahead of him.
However, it may have helped Origi that he was sitting next to Sturridge at the launch of the Liverpool Signature Collection when his teammate made the complimentary comments.
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“I’ve been very impressed by Divock and it’s been great to see him get some opportunities,” Sturridge was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “It’s important for the likes of myself to help him settle in and improve.”
Origi, meanwhile, said at the event that he is enjoying himself at Liverpool and learning from the likes of Sturridge and Christian Benteke.
“It’s been nice to join a big club like Liverpool and I am enjoying myself,” the youngster commented. “There’s a great atmosphere in the club and I am trying to help the team.
“It’s always nice to play with big players. I can learn a lot from the likes of Daniel and Christian (Benteke). I want to prove myself to the new manager and gain more experience.”
Origi has impressed with his work ethic
Origi has only made four Premier League appearances so far this season - three of which have come under Jurgen Klopp - but the Belgian has caught the eye thanks to his work ethic.
In Klopp’s first match in charge of Liverpool, against Tottenham last month, Origi ran 11 kilometres - a further distance than either Sturridge or Benteke have recorded since August 2013.
However, strikers are ultimately judged on the number of goals they score and Origi is still looking for his maiden goal since leaving Lille.
Klopp will not have considered selling Origi
It’s important for Liverpool fans to remember how young Origi is. Most 20-year-olds are inconsistent - regardless of their talent - but it’s patently clear that the versatile Origi possesses a huge amount of potential.
A little patience and Liverpool could reap the rewards a few years down the line.
Selling him in January is unlikely to have even crossed Klopp’s mind.
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