Liverpool and Everton have a deep rivalry, so it can be uneasy for some fans when one of their players speaks admirably about an opponent based on the other side of the city.
Divock Origi has claimed that he wants to emulate the success that Romelu Lukaku is having at Goodison Park.
In fairness to Origi, he is teammates with the Everton striker on the international stage for Belgium.
The 21-year-old striker has struggled to grab a regular first-team spot under manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, starting just seven Premier League games and coming off the bench in 18.
Origi has netted eight goals in all competitions and provided three assists, but he is nowhere near reaching Lukaku’s level as yet.
The 23-year-old has found the back of the net 21 times in 28 Premier League appearances, and he is currently leading the race for the Golden Boot.
Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is the closest challenger to the top spot on 19 goals, but he is currently nursing an injury.
Like everyone else, Origi has noticed Lukaku’s impressive form this season, and he wants to match him.
The forward told Het Nieuwsblad:
“I do not feel [the gap is growing between myself and Lukaku]. I know what I can do. I play at a top club in Liverpool. Romelu is indeed doing well, because he works very hard and is focused on the right things. I want the same progression as Romelu and I’m working for it.”