Jan Molby praises the improvement of Liverpool players, in particular Divock Origi

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Origi scored his first Liverpool goals against Southampton in the League Cup, netting a hat-trick in a 6-1 win.

Liverpool legend Jan Molby has said he has seen improvement in the club's players already under Jurgen Klopp, despite the German only arriving on Merseyside in the middle of October. 

The Reds have enjoyed something of a resurgence since he was appointment - winning seven out of their last eight games in all competitions - the latest being a 6-1 hammering of Southampton in the League Cup to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition, which Divock Origi getting a hat-trick.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Molby was impressed with the evident improvement from the Belgian compared to his first few appearances with the Reds, where he seemed to struggle in front of goal, but there were no signs of that at St Mary's on Wednesday night. 

"Some of the players have improved already. They’re not just playing well, they’re improved and that improvement will be permanent.

"Divock Origi was spending most of his time playing centrally, making runs in behind.

"It’s simple instructions from the manager saying ‘this is what I want you to do – keep doing it and you’ll get some success.’

"He certainly did at Southampton. Where it will take him in the end we’ll just have to wait and see.

"All the players are now playing full of confidence and there’s no better sight for a manager than seeing everyone enjoying what they’re doing."

It certainly gives Liverpool some comfort as Origi was unrecognisable during the display against Southampton. There have been times earlier on in the season when the Belgian has lacked confidence in front of goal, fluffed chances and been knocked off the ball too easily. Against the Saints, the contrast was remarkable. 

While he may have been helped by the presence of a strike partner in Daniel Sturridge in the first half, he seemed to relish the responsibility of leading the line in the second. No-one scores the goal that Origi did for his second without confidence - it was simple, yet brilliant.

Jurgen Klopp has tried to improve Origi's game by telling him to do the simple things well, rather than trying to do everything, something which seems to have listened to. As a result, he showed why he became one of the most sought after young forwards following the 2014 World Cup, and why Klopp said the Reds are going to have 'fun' with Origi shortly after former Borussia Dortmund manager's arrival at Anfield. 

All that Origi needs to do now is keep performing, as he may well have a bigger role in the side over the course of the season than he perhaps first thought. 

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