Phil Thompson excited by Divock Origi's future at Liverpool

The striker recently impressed in the win over Borussia Dortmund.

Phil Thompson says Divock Origi is now starting to excite him as a Liverpool player, in comments made to Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12pm on April 16.

The Belgian has enjoyed arguably his best week as a Reds player, with two impressive performances against Borussia Dortmund and a double against Stoke in the Premier League.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for him under manager Jurgen Klopp, especially after he struggled considerably while on loan with Lille last season.

And Thompson says he is now looking at the youngster and thinking he is an exciting prospect for the side.

“Origi was absolutely astonishing, for me he was Liverpool’s best player [against Dortmund],” he told Soccer Saturday.

“This boy he’s bulked up so he’s a lot better for the Premier League, but he has this skill around the box now.

“You see him doing things and think ‘he’s exciting me now’. He is giving you something different and Daniel Sturridge has a big task to get back into this side.”

Sturridge certainly faces a fight if he is to make himself Liverpool’s first-choice striker under Klopp.

Origi has arguably put himself ahead of him in the pecking order in recent weeks with his defensive work in particular having earned him plaudits.

Indeed, it could be said that his game is more suited to the style Klopp likes to employ, with the Belgian having looked more comfortable employing the high pressing than Sturridge did previously.

An ideal solution of course would be finding a way to fit both in the team, with the recent win over Stoke City showing they can be a dangerous partnership when on form.

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