Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has hailed the "fearless" attitude of his teammate and compatriot Divock Origi after the striker scored a crucial away goal in the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund, speaking to the Liverpool Echo.
Origi's strike in the first half gave Jurgen Klopp's side the lead on the German's return to Signal Iduna Park, but Mats Hummels headed in an equaliser shortly after the break to leave the scores level ahead of next Thursday's return leg at Anfield.
The 20-year-old striker's goal was his sixth and most important of the season so far in his debut campaign in England following a loan spell at former club Lille last term.
Mignolet, who also plays alongside Origi for Belgium, told the Liverpool Echo that Origi is showing that he has the maturity and quality to be a big hit at Anfield, and hailed the youngster's tremendous work rate as his most important attribute.
The goalkeeper said: "I knew Divock could perform like that because we see it in training every day. I know what he can do. He had some time to adapt to the demands of English football. A few injuries stopped him but he has got everything you need to make it as a striker in the Premier League and in Europe.
"He’s strong, he keeps the ball, he’s so quick, he can score a goal, and he works his socks off. That work-rate is the most important thing for us, especially when you play away from home against a team like Dortmund. Divock worked so hard for us to win the ball back. That made a big difference for us and it was nice to see.
"You could see he wasn’t fazed by the occasion. That’s probably down to his age. There was no fear and that’s a good thing. He’s a good character and hopefully he can keep doing the things he’s doing. If he does then he will have a great future ahead of him."
Origi began the season arguably as Klopp's fifth-choice striker behind Daniel Sturridge and summer signings Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, and Danny Ings.
However, thanks to Ings' unfortunate long-term injury and Benteke's struggles to adapt to the Reds' style of football, he has risen to prominence at Anfield in recent months and has established himself as a very useful player for the club in attack.
Origi will be hoping to start as Liverpool host Stoke City on Sunday before welcoming Dortmund for the second leg of their European tie next Thursday.