Origi happy at Liverpool after struggling to ‘adapt’

Date published: Wednesday 16th December 2015 10:25

Divock Origi admits he struggled to “adapt to the lifestyle” at Liverpool upon joining the Reds, but is now hoping to play more.

The Liverpool striker scored his first Premier League goal for the club in the weekend draw with West Brom, nearly two weeks after he struck a Capital One Cup hat-trick at Southampton.

Belgium international Origi was immediately loaned back to Lille upon joining for £10million in 2014, with the teenager struggling to impress in France.

Origi then failed to assert himself in his early Premier League career this season, but has shown huge signs of improvement recently.

After being singled out for praise by boss Jurgen Klopp, he has won the Kop around with his impressive form in recent weeks.

“I think I needed some time to adapt to the lifestyle and the new competition but now I am able to show my qualities,” said the former Lille forward.

“For me I expect a lot from myself and I was a little bit frustrated because you work hard and the games don’t go like you want, so it was a huge relief to score. Mentally for me it was a huge boost.

“When I came here, everyone was clear about what they expected from me – to become a top player.

“But there are already top players in the team, so it was hard… I don’t have to ask myself too many questions, just bring my enthusiasm to the game and believe in myself.”

With England striker Daniel Sturridge sidelined until after Christmas, Origi will get more opportunities over the festive period. And after his initial problems adapting, he thinks he can take the chance now being offered.

“I would be very happy and excited to be called on by the manager. I am ready to give my all. The last game showed great things can happen,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“All you can do is give everything and then the coach makes the decision. The manager knew me from before and I try to play on my qualities in this system.

“He demands a lot as a coach but he is very good tactically so I am happy I can show my qualities. I am happy at this club – I am here for a reason. Whenever the team or coach needs me I am ready. I hope to be playing more from now.”

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