Ex-Liverpool FC forward highlights Divock Origi impact at Anfield

Neil Mellor praises Divock Origi for his important role in Liverpool FC's successful season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Divock Origi (Photo: Divock Origi / Instagram)
Divock Origi (Photo: Divock Origi / Instagram)

Neil Mellor believes that Divock Origi’s impact in the Liverpool FC team last season highlights the “squad mentality” in the current Reds team.

Origi ended up being something of a hero for the Reds in the second half of the season as he helped Liverpool FC to win the Champions League and lift their first ever trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Belgian forward scored twice in the thrilling 4-0 win over FC Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals, and he came off the bench to net Liverpool FC’s second goal in their final triumph over Tottenham at the start of the month.

Origi only ended up scoring seven goals and making one assist in all competitions last season – but the importance of his strikes was highlighted in the closing stages of the campaign.

And former Liverpool FC forward Mellor thinks that Origi’s impact shows exactly the kind of mentality there is in Klopp’s squad.

Speaking in an interview with Liverpool FC’s website, Mellor said: “It says a lot that Liverpool substitutes contributed 17 goals this season, including one in the final.

“It shows there is a squad mentality, that even though players are disappointed to be named on the bench they’ll still come on and perform.

“The attitude those players have shown displays their professionalism and that is important because if substitutes reflect their disappointment and don’t perform, it can have a hugely negative effect on a dressing room.

“Divock Origi is a good example. He must have been thinking he was way down the pecking order and wouldn’t get game time, but he kept working hard in training to impress the manager and coaching staff.”

Liverpool FC will be aiming to go one step further in the Premier League next season after they finished in second place and just one point behind champions Manchester City last term.

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