Amidst an injury crisis gripping Liverpool, a chance has risen for young Belgian forward Divock Origi to stake a claim for his place in Jurgen Klopp's team.
This weekend saw the 20-year-old make his first Premier League start for the Anfield outfit during Klopp’s Premier League bow as manager against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Origi struck the crossbar with a close-range header in the opening stages of the game, but couldn’t find the net in a tense stalemate.
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However, with injuries plaguing the club, Origi will need to start reeling in the goals soon or the Reds will undoubtedly struggle.
Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke find themselves on the sidelines, whilst Danny Ings has been ruled out for the entire season with a cruciate knee ligament injury. The spotlight is firmly shining down on Origi as a result.
After originally signing for Liverpool in 2014, the tricky forward was sent immediately back to Lille for a season on loan. In a year designed to mature Origi into a rampant goalscorer, the Belgian scored on only nine occasions in 44 appearances.
His superb performances at the 2014 World Cup had been one of the pivotal factors in Liverpool’s purchase, yet Origi hasn’t scored for his country in 2015. All the evidence suggests the player is far from the prolific finisher Liverpool need at the moment.
Despite it hard to judge how the Belgian will cope with the physicality of the Premier League from his minimal game time, mediocre Europa League performances give an indication. Albeit assisting Adam Lallana for the opening goal, Origi spurned a number of opportunities in a woeful 1-1 draw with Sion.
Doubt from Liverpool fans and pundits saw the youngster attempt to reassure supporters after the Tottenham game.
According to Sky Sports, he said: "It's a new system and I was very excited, just a bit unlucky with the finishing but I'm sure it will come.
"Everybody has encouraging words for me so I just have to continue like this and it will be okay.
"I feel sorry for the boys that are out but I will just try to support the team and do my best. Everybody says that I have the qualities, I just have to work hard and the goals will come."
Liverpool will be hoping that their Belgian starlet will indeed find his shooting boots soon, with Klopp’s side in need of someone to step up to the gauntlet in amongst the injury storm swarming the club.
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