Liverpool will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they take on Brentford in the Premier League over the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges seem to have put an underwhelming 2020/21 campaign behind them after starting the new season in impressive fashion, with six wins and a draw in all competitions.
The return of Virgil van Dijk to form and fitness has been a huge bonus, while Mohamed Salah has maintained his ruthless streak in front of goal, but one player’s contribution has come as more of a surprise.
However, the 26-year-old dynamo has worked his way back into Klopp’s first team plans and has put in two impressive performances for the 19-time English champions.
Origi’s first start of the season came against Italian giants AC Milan in the Champions League, where he claimed a vital assist in their 3-2 victory, with his manager lauding the Belgian’s ability in the aftermath.
“Divock Origi… people forget so quickly in life and in football, he’s an outstanding striker,” said the German in his post-match press conference (as relayed by talkSPORT).
“He did really well especially (because) for a long time he didn’t start – it’s just really difficult to get in this team, to be honest, and it makes sometimes life a bit uncomfortable.
“But he’s a great guy, and I’m really happy for him that he could play like this tonight. In ten years’ time when we look back, he will be a Liverpool legend. He’s just too young right now to be seen as a Liverpool legend, so he has to play football,” Klopp concluded.
The Belgium international then followed up that European performance with a stellar showing against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup third round in midweek, producing another assist and his first goal of 2021/22 in a comfortable 3-0 win.
As a result, Klopp must keep faith with his in-form hitman for the trip to Brentford on Saturday, allowing one of his regular front three extra time to rest and recover ahead of a gruelling campaign.
Origi has the ability to be Liverpool’s match-winner in west London, and with the form he’s showing, it’s going to take a big performance from the Bees’ defence to stop him from firing the Reds to victory once more.