Liverpool legend comments on whether Divock Origi is good enough to play for the club

Ian Rush believes the young Belgian has a bright future at Anfield because of his pace and ability.

Divock Origi can go on to great things at Liverpool because he is a striker with genuine pace, Reds legend Ian Rush has told the Metro.

The 20-year-old Belgian international is in his first season as a player at Anfield after spending last campaign on loan at former club Lille in the French top flight.

Due to competition from England striker Daniel Sturridge, Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, and Origi's compatriot Christian Benteke for an attacking role, the young striker has featured mainly as a substitute for the Merseyside club this season.

However, when given opportunities he has hinted at the quality he already possesses at such a young age, hitting a hat-trick in the 6-1 thrashing of Southampton in the Capital One Cup in December and netting Premier League goals against West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa.

Although Origi has been limited to just six league starts so far in his career in England, Rush has seen enough to convince him that he has what it takes to play a big role in Liverpool's future over the next few years.

The Reds' record goalscorer told the Metro: "I think he’s got pace and I think if you’ve got pace, you’ve got a chance. There are some quality young players at Liverpool and Origi is definitely one of them.

"I like to see people with real pace and he’s certainly got that. I think he can go onto great things at Liverpool."

Origi has already risen up the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp's management at Anfield and is beginning to take on a more prominent role for the club, being given the nod to start in each of the last three Premier League matches.

The Belgian is undoubtedly still a rough diamond, but with experience playing in the top flight in both England and France as well as the 2014 World Cup already under his belt, it is not hard to see why Rush thinks he has the abilities to be a real star of the future for Liverpool.

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