Divock Origi: "Hard work on the training field is paying off"

Divock Origi believes Liverpool have the possibility to "do something big" with the strength and quality they have in the squad, insisting the hard work they have done in training is reaping the rewards.

The 20-year-old broke his duck for the club in stunning style last week, scoring a hat-trick in their 6-1 quarter-final win at Southampton in the League Cup.

Origi dropped to the bench for Sunday's defeat at Newcastle United, but believes he is primed to grasp the opportunity next time he returns to the starting line-up and praised the depth available to his manager.

The Belgian explained that it shows "what kind of quality" Liverpool have in their group and said that "musn't forget" that they are a young squad who are "still trying to work out things" together and "learning every week and every day."

He said for him "personally" it is "good" to be in a team brimful with quality - insisting he thinks he'll have "chances soon" and is "very excited" to show what he can do.

Origi insisted the reason for moving to Merseyside was to "come here and learn" - calling the chance to progress and develop in games and in training as "the most important thing."

He admitted it "wasn't easy" to move countries and play in a "new system" and a "new type of football" but declared that he has "adapted" and is "ready to feature in games to come."

Origi's treble on the south coast are the only strikes he has to his name in a red shirt so far and he acknowledged he is keen to get off the mark in front of the home supporters.

He described Anfield as a "nice place to play" and said scoring there "would be a dream" - insisting that he is "doing everything" to score on L4 sooner rather than later but said he needs to be patient and stay calm and then his "time will come."

Origi keen to show what he can do after first goals for club

Asked about his favourite goal from the rout at St Mary's, the Belgium international replied that his second one showed his "quality" to "get behind defenders and score goals."

The striker latched onto Jordon Ibe's through ball before firing high past the goalkeeper from inside the box, after having deflected Alberto Moreno's shot in for his first - adding a late third from Brad Smith's cross from the left. 

He also declared himself "very pleased" with the third goal, explaining that he has "worked a lot on typical strikers' goals in training" and calling it "very good" to have his hard work pay off. 

Despite being signed by Jürgen Klopp's predecessor last summer, after making his mark at the World Cup in Brazil with Belgium, he believes he has learned a great deal under the German over the past two months.

He said he has learned "a lot of things" under his management and insisted he's "very pleased" to have Klopp help the entire team "a lot." Origi added that it is "only a good thing" for "the club and for everybody" that he is here.

Origi went as far to state that they have "all the ingredients" in order to "do something big" at Liverpool - insisting they "just have to stick together and believe" they can do so.

He added that it was "a good game" where they "all played well" after Southampton - adding that Klopp told him he'd played well but insisted "he expects a lot of me." 

Despite saying he has to be "motivated", Origi said he is "very pleased" he could show his qualities in their cup victory - explaining he has to show what he can for the club, a prospect he is "very excited" about.

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