Divock Origi happy to play out of position at Liverpool

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Divock Origi admits he prefers playing as a conventional striker but is pleased to be employed anywhere at Liverpool for the good of the team.

Origi joined the Reds this summer after spending one final season on loan at Lille following his £10 million move in the summer of 2014.

The Belgium international has racked up eight appearances at Anfield and, in the absence of Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings, started four matches on the spin in October.


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Since Jurgen Klopp took the helm at Anfield, he's deployed tactics that forces players to work hard for their team and sometimes be utilised out of their favoured position. Origi is happy to try his hand in any position if it means he can help Liverpool win matches.

"Every trainer has his own way of managing and his own methods," the 22-year-old told Liverpool FC's official magazine.

"The thing I like is that he's very direct and can show his plan and convince everybody with his ideas very quickly.

"That is the one thing that struck me from the start of his training sessions: he is very clear in his way of explaining and his vision. I am a player who is quite generous and yes, I try to help the team where I can.

"One of my qualities is that I am versatile so I can play as one of two strikers, three strikers, on the wing or upfront as the main forward.

"When you are upfront you are closer to the goal and can potentially score more often so I would say I prefer this position. But I am young and I will play wherever the coach needs me. It was nice to see the change in tactics and I can adapt."

Slow Start

Origi is yet to score for Liverpool and, as a result, finds himself representing Belgium Under-21's during the international break as opposed to the full team. Many expected him to be Liverpool's key striker in ties in the League Cup and Europa League, whilst making the odd appearance off the bench in the Premier League.

With no other recognised forwards available, Origi was thrust into the deep end when he was given the nod to start away against Tottenham Hotspur in Klopp's first match. He impressed, almost earning his team three points when his reaction header in the first-half crashed against the crossbar.


Origi is at his best when he has the ball at his feet and can gallop forward, beating defenders with his lightning pace.

He produced a smart piece of work to assist Adam Lallana in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against FC Sion and was directly involved in Nathaniel Clyne's goal against Bournemouth in the League Cup from the right-wing.

Despite not showing his best form yet, it is easy to forget he is still only 20 and is playing in a completely new league. If there is a manager to help Origi develop and fulfil his true potential, it is Jurgen Klopp.

The German stewarded Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from raw youngsters into three of the world's best at Borussia Dortmund and knows exactly how to get the best out of the youth in his squad.

At Liverpool, Klopp has already taken full effect. Jordon Ibe has thrived since he took charge and the pair have seemingly developed a superb relationship, bolstered through self-assurance.

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