Divock Origi believes he would be a good wide receiver if he were to make the move from ‘soccer’ to American football, while hailing Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool’s quarter-backs.
While football dominates the sporting landscape in the UK, the sport from across the Atlantic Ocean has grown in popularity in recent years, building a following of dedicated fans.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) April 18, 2017
Games at London’s Wembley Stadium have helped to boost the NFL’s profile this side of the pond and while there are many obvious differences between the two sports, there are some crossovers.
And Origi, talking to NFL UK as part of a live tour promoting the four 2017 NFL London Games at Wembley and Twickenham later this year, told Jarvis Landry and Kirk Cousins of the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins that he believes he could make a good wide receiver and spoke about what roles some of his team-mates could play:
“Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson are the two players most like a quarterback at Liverpool.
“If there was a wide receiver that’d be me. Pace, strength and finishing skills! We have a lot of tactics at Liverpool, but I think the NFL have even more.
“They study tactics a little bit differently! Klopp focuses a lot on tactics, it’s important of course. But in this game he puts an accent on playing on our intuition and just enjoying the game. You have to have a good mix.
“If there was one player I wouldn’t want to be tackled by, it’d be Dejan Lovren. He’s very aggressive. If I was to compare an English football player and an American football player, I think the American player would be stronger but the English player would be quicker.
“I don’t have an NFL team yet, but I’m a fresh supporter, so maybe in the future. What I love about the NFL is the aggression, the passion. Americans really love their sport and NFL is special to watch.”