Divock Origi outlines the big role Daniel Sturridge has played in his improvement

Daniel Sturridge

The Belgian striker is in fine form and expected to start against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has revealed that he has taken on aspects of Daniel Sturridge's game after watching him closely in training since his arrival at the club in order to improve himself, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Origi appears to have supplanted the England international as Jurgen Klopp's first-choice striker after a streak of impressive performances in recent weeks.

After initially acting as the club's fourth-choice forward at the start of the season behind Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, and compatriot Christian Benteke, the 20-year-old has climbed up the pecking order at Anfield since netting a hat-trick against Southampton in a Capital One Cup tie in early December.

He scored Liverpool's valuable away goal at Borussia Dortmund last Thursday and netted a brace against Stoke City after coming on as a substitute at half-time on Sunday, and his fine form is expected to see him start in the return leg against the German side tonight.

Origi's improvement is there for all to see, but he credits his development to his teammate and fellow striker Sturridge, saying that he studied the English striker's game and tried to integrate aspects into his own playing style.

The 20-year-old said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "[Sturridge] is a big player so when I play with him I see a lot of things I can bring out in my game. I try to see how Daniel moves. He moves very smartly, he comes between the lines and he finishes very well.

"He is creative so he has a lot of qualities and talent and he makes steps and became a big player so that's my aim, to make the same progress like him. My qualities are more when I move around and use my speed. You have to learn how to use this. I have seen big improvements [in myself].

"The day after games when I don't play we do a lot of intensive games when we play as a group and I try to use these moments to improve. You always want to score and when you're really trying for a goal you always find the solution and ask for advice from experienced players and the manager. Seeing how the big players worked inspired me."

Sturridge has been hailed as one of the most technically-gifted stars at Liverpool, and it is only natural that a young striker such as Origi would see him as a player to look up to.

Despite his persistent injury problems, which have limited him to just 17 appearances in all competitions this season, the 26-year-old has a prolific scoring record for the club, having netted 48 goals in 84 matches since his arrival three years ago.

Origi is expected to be in line to start up top for Klopp's side as they look to finish the job against Dortmund on Thursday night, although there have been some suggestions that the German boss could partner the Belgian with Sturridge for the clash at Anfield.

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