Liverpool's Simon Mignolet comments on the arrival of Divock Origi

Simon Mignolet

Origi arrived at Liverpool this summer and Mignolet is glad to have a fellow Belgian in the dressing room.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet appears to be excited by the potential impact that his fellow countryman Divock Origi can have at Anfield this season, according to an interview with the Liverpool Echo.

Origi was bought last summer in a deal that could be worth up to £10 million, but was loaned back to Lille for a season as part of the agreement, and now the Reds are getting their first glimpse of the young striker.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Mignolet said: “I’m not the only Belgian now for Liverpool and it’s nice to see a familiar face next to me in the dressing room.

“I’m sure he will do very well for this club. He has all the qualities required to succeed in the Premier League.

“He’s quick, he can go past a defender and he has a great goal threat.

“He’s always working hard and that’s important as a striker in a team who want to press high. I’m very pleased he’s here.”

Origi made his first appearance for the Reds in their first pre-season game of the summer against a Thailand XI, with the Reds running out 4-0 winners.

The Belgian managed to get on the scoresheet with a header after striking the woodwork twice.

The Reds struggled a lot in front of goal last season and the could do with their forwards showing that bit more of a cutting edge so a good pre-season under his belt could prove to be invaluable going into the new campaign.

Brendan Rodgers is rumoured to be chasing Christian Benteke, but since he has not arrived yet, and Daniel Sturridge is expected to miss the start of the season through injury, there is a place in the side that is very much up for grabs for their opening day trip to take on Stoke City. It's just a question of whether the 20-year-old can do enough to be the man leading the line. 

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