Liverpool loanee Origi admits it's right for fans to expect more

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Divock Origi was speaking at Lille's press conference before the game against Evian on Sunday.

Lille face a tough trip to Evian in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon, and Liverpool loanee Divock Origi has been speaking before the trip to Annecy in a press conference.

Pascal Dupraz's side are in the midst of a relegation battle, just four points ahead of Toulouse in 18th place, but they will have to be at their best to beat a resurgent Lille side who come off the back of a 3-1 win over Reims.

Paris Saint-Germain being in two cup finals means there is a small chance that sixth place in the league could qualify for the Europa League, with Lille only seven points behind Bordeaux. Origi was hopeful, but he knows that it will be tough on Sunday.

 

"We know it won't be easy to beat Evian, but we go with the desire to take the three points," he said. "There are a lot of players in this team who are young and hungry, with a big desire. We are all ambitious to finish the season well.”

After his hat-trick against Rennes, Origi scored again in the win over Reims and was active for most of the game.

The Belgian striker missed a penalty but set up Nolan Roux for the third. That took his tally for the season to seven, two more than last season, but Origi knows it doesn’t cover up his bad spell.

“When you do not score for five months it is normal that people expect more," he said. "I know my qualities. It’s for me to prove. I am sure that what I have experienced has made me grow up. I have to continue like this, with lots of desire."

Origi was keen at the start of the season to be made Lille’s number 1 striker, and it feels like that move had something to do with his downturn in form as the pressure was increased:

"I am someone who wants to progress quickly," said the youngster. "I maybe wanted to do it too quickly. I'm still young. I can't play like a player with five-six years as a professional behind him, even if I try.”

These are words from a player that looks to have grown up a lot this season. It has been a tough year, but may just turn into exactly what Liverpool wanted from his experience out on loan this season.

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