Divock Origi admits the pain of losing his first major final but says the heartbreak of losing on penalties has only increased his desire.
Liverpool striker Divock Origi has admitted to the Liverpool Echo that losing the Capital One Cup final on penalties to Manchester City on Sunday was "very painful" but insisted it has only made him more desperate to succeed at Anfield.
The Reds lost 3-1 on penalties at Wembley after a 1-1 draw, but it could have been a very different outcome had the Belgian been able to beat eventual shootout hero Willy Caballero with a header in the second period of extra time.
Defeat through spot kicks was even tougher for the 20-year-old to take after failing to become the hero in his first ever major final, but the former Lille man has come out fighting.
He told the Echo: "It is very painful to lose in this way. For me it was my first final. This is a scenario I didn’t want to think of before the game.
"I just tried to show my qualities. I had some good moments. I am always giving my maximum for the team. I put all my power into that header but unfortunately he saved it.
"Seeing Man City lift the trophy was very painful. I’m still young and I still have to learn a lot but I’ll come back stronger. This experience makes me hungrier for success. We still have the Europa League and we have still have the league. We have to try to stay positive and take the maximum we can from the rest of the season."
Origi was brought on as an 81st-minute substitute by Jurgen Klopp with his team a goal down, but the mood of the match changed dramatically within two minutes of his arrival when Philippe Coutinho equalised.
However, the striker will have to ensure that he is not haunted by his failure to convert a header from close range with just over 10 minutes of the extra 30 remaining.
Origi is currently in his first season at Anfield after a £10 million transfer in 2014, having been loaned back to former club Lille for the entirety of the last campaign.
After enjoying the most productive season of his career to date in Ligue 1 in 2014-15, the 20-year-old has scored five goals in 21 appearances in all competitions in his debut campaign on Merseyside.