The Liverpool striker who scored a crucial away goal in Dortmund and then coming of the bench on Sunday to put two past Stoke City is vying for a starting place in the Europa cup quarter-finals second leg at Anfield with team-mate Daniel Sturridge. The 20 year-old Belgian international has worked hard to improve his game earning the praises of Kop boss Jurgen Klopp.
The young forward admitted to watching and studying Sturridge in training and learning from him, and feel their different styles complement each other if the manager decides to start with two Striker.
He said, “He’s a big player so when I play with him I see a lot of things I can bring out in my game. I try to see how Daniel moves. He moves very smart, he comes between the lines and he finishes very well.”
“He is creative so he has a lot of qualities and talent and he makes steps and became a big player so that’s my aim, to make the same progress like him. My qualities are more when I move around and use my speed. You have to learn how to use this. I have seen big improvements.”
He continued, “The day after games when I don’t play we do a lot of intensive games when we play as a group and I try to use these moments to improve. It’s no secret that [in training] you have to do a lot of one-on-one situations and a lot of game situations.”
“You always want to score and when you’re really trying for a goal you always find the solution and ask for advice from experienced players and the manager. That’s what you have to do as a young striker.”
Despite being 6ft 1in Origi has improve his game and his physical strength to cope with the intensity and demands of the premier league.
He added, “When you come to the Premier League you realise you have to be physically strong because it is a very intensive league.”
“I came here and saw how professional all the players were. I was 19 years old – I only started playing top football when I was 17-and-a-half.”
“Seeing how the big players worked inspired me. I have been trying to work on this and I also think it is important for a football player to improve in every part. I think I have seen some improvements.”