Liverpool striker: Jurgen Klopp believes in my talent
Divock Origi discusses his impact from the bench in Liverpool's 2-0 win against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon
Divock Origi says he was confident that he could have a positive impact on the Liverpool team when called upon after the striker’s goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland at Anfield.
The Belgium international was a first-half substitute after Liverpool number 10 Philippe Coutinho was taken off injured in the first half against the Black Cats.
Origi made the vital breakthrough in the 75th mintue as the former Lille man managed to curl a finish past Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from the edge of the area.
Liverpool vice-captain James Milner doubled the home side’s lead from the penalty spot in added time after Sadio Mane was brought down in Pickford’s area.
The Belgian centre-forward has been limited to a handful of substitute appearances in the 2016-17 season so far given the form of Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Mane.
However, Origi was pleased that he could take his chance to excel in Klopp’s side when the Liverpool manager turned to the centre-forward after Coutinho’s setback.
“I think the message from the start of the season was to keep patient and whenever the team needed me I had to be ready,” Origi told Liverpool’s website.
“I think it’s not easy, especially as a young player – I was so hungry to play. I started this season with a lot of hunger and I just had to be patient.
“Sometimes it can happen that you don’t play in the moment but I always believed in my qualities and so did the club, so did the supporters, so did the manager.
“I just used all this hunger to improve myself and stay ready for the moment you have to help the team.
“I’m so happy that I could help the team and I hope everything will go well this season.”