Belgium press react to Origi performance vs Australia; Divock comments

Divock Origi picked up in Belgium's international friendly where he left off in the World Cup, which is good news for Liverpool football club.

Three heavyweights of Australian soccer - Mark Bosnich, John Aloisi and Robbie Slater - were unanimous in their rating of Divock Origi's performance for Belgium against the Aussies in Liege on Thursday, September 5 as the three Fox Sports pundits awarded the Liverpool front-man an eight out of ten; the joint-highest on the pitch.

"Liverpool fans will love the pace, dynamism and confidence of the teenager," the Fox report stated.

While Dries Mertens and Axel Witsel were both credited for the decisive goals in the 2-0 triumph, Origi's work cannot be overlooked and the 19-year-old, who is on loan at Lille, is fast staking his claim for a regular role in Marc Wilmots's set-up.

"Origi confirmed all the good things we had seen from him at the World Cup as he turned wonderfully away from his man and found a clever cross for Mertens in his as glorious shot," noted Niuewsblad, the most popular news outlet in Belgium.

"I am satisfied with the 2-0," said the teenager, as quoted by Standaard. "We knew they could defend well, but have tried to make the game.

"I just tried to play my game and do for the fans something back because they have supported us well but I am sorry that I have not scored."

Origi, along with Mertens, former Chelsea attacker Kevin de Bruyne and Axel Witsel were the best players on the park on the night.

"I always have fun when I play with the Red Devils, and that's the main thing. Whether I'm man of the match? I would obviously very pleased but the team already made ​​progress and that's the main thing."

While adept at playing as a left-sided forward, Origi has been deployed in the centre forward's role for Lille, as he has been for Belgium. In two Ligue 1 starts thus far this season, he has completed six dribbles, produced one key goal-scoring chance and scored one goal from four attempts.

He competes in a place where Belgium are spoiled for choice as Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke also vie for a starting role.

"It's only good for the team if two such top players recover [to full fitness]," he said, unperturbed at having to fight for his place.

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