Belfast Telegraph

Origi starting to reap the benefit of his hard work

By Staff Reporter

Liverpool striker Divock Origi believes his persistence and hard work is starting to pay dividends after finally getting off the mark for the club.

The 20-year-old scored the Reds' first hat-trick since Luis Suarez in March 2014 as Southampton were swept aside 6-1 on their way to setting up a Capital One Cup semi-final encounter against Stoke.

With the return to fitness of Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge, Origi has fallen further down the pecking order - at one point he was the team's only fit striker - and prior to last night had played just four minutes in the last month.

That competition is helping the youngster, who knows he still has plenty to learn from his more experienced team-mates.

"I've worked so hard to be here and I'm glad I could show my qualities," he said.

"We were very confident in our finishing and it ended well. We all want to fight for Liverpool and fight for the team.

"We have a strong team and everyone has confidence, the young guys that came in, the experienced guys, and we just have to continue like this."

Origi benefited from a pep-talk from Jurgen Klopp before the game but despite the Belgian showing glimpses of why Liverpool paid Lille £10m two summers ago, the manager has cautioned against expectation.

Klopp said: "He has to be patient and work. He's still young and he has to learn."

Liverpool have won seven of their last eight matches and Klopp's effect in revitalising the same group of players who stagnated under predecessor Brendan Rodgers has generated some serious momentum.

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