The six-month transformation of Divock Origi

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From a striker that looked like struggling at Liverpool, he has become a fan favourite that could be part of a fearsome attacking threat at Liverpool.

Given that he only arrived at Anfield in the summer after a year-long loan spell at Lille, there are quite a few chapters that have been written about Divock Origi.

It seemed as if the young Belgian would be on the fringes of the side and act as cover for Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. It would be a season where he was expected to make a little progress in his development.

Then Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club in October as manager following the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers. Ings suffered a season-ending injury, Sturridge's  woes from the previous season would continue, while Benteke would be held back by a niggle here and there as well.

Origi was the man that had to lead the line in Klopp's opening four games for the club. It looked as if he was overwhelmed.

There was the header that hit the cross-bar against Tottenham, the assist for Emre Can in the draw against Rubin Kazan but there were also two occasions where he was substituted at half-time, and at the end of October Klopp left him out of the squad altogether for the trip to Chelsea and played without a recognised striker. Origi was told to work on things.

Then in December he was given an opportunity to shine up front alongside Sturridge in a League Cup tie against Southampton. While Sturridge scored the first two of Liverpool's six that evening, Origi would work in tandem to stretch a Saints back line that endured a torrid evening - and the 20-year-old would get his first three goals for the Reds in a 6-1 win.

He was not trying to do too much on that occasion, he was doing the simple things. He led the line in a 0-0 draw in Sion and was unlucky not to get on the score-sheet, but fortune was in his favour with a late equaliser against West Bromwich Albion a few days later.

He would then get the nod against Leicester City on Boxing Day ahead of Benteke but a hamstring injury would prevent him from getting a run of games in the side.

Even returning after that injury would see him score in a 6-0 win at Villa Park, he would be the man that was called upon in the League Cup final as the Reds went in search for a winner, and was trusted to start the two league games that followed.

He would also run Manchester United ragged after he came off the bench in the Europa League, he would stretch opponents after Sturridge made way, and was then trusted to lead the line against Borussia Dortmund just last Thursday. He got the crucial away goal, he could've got more, while his recent 45 minute display against Stoke City not only saw him score twice, but kicked by Ryan Shawcross off the ball for simply giving him a torrid time. That may not be such a good idea for player who has gone up in shirt size because of muscle, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Six months ago, Origi was being questioned as to whether he could truly make the grade, now some are saying he could be part of a fearsome attacking Liverpool unit. It is amazing what can happen in no time at all.

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