Two years on from Divock Origi's signing - how he may be used by Liverpool this season

Divock Origi celebrates after scoring the third goal for Liverpool

Origi scored 10 goals in his first season in Red, and seemed to go up the pecking order - so how big will his role be this season?

Liverpool's Divock Origi and Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz PiszczekLiverpool's Divock Origi and Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek

Two years ago, Liverpool completed the signing of Divock Origi from Lille - though they had to loan the forward back to the Ligue 1 club for a season as part of the deal.

The first real glimpse that many Liverpool fans will have got of Origi was at the 2014 World Cup, where he seemed to be making a real impact from the bench against tiring defences for Belgium. Eyebrows were raised and there was a little bit of excitement of an admittedly raw talent.

But it didn't really go to plan for him during his season on loan back at Lille. Even though he managed to find the net on nine occasions with The Guardian reporting he was named in Ligue 1's 'worst team of the season'. Not exactly the ideal preparation before you try and force your way into contention at Anfield.

Liverpool's Divock Origi in action with Sion's Leo LacroixLiverpool's Divock Origi in action with Sion's Leo Lacroix

He was a pretty thin player when he arrived. He was evidently quick and had some flare about him but in his early outings he seemed to lack the confidence in front of goal that you would perhaps expect from a striker. 

Then when Liverpool had a lack of forwards following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, Origi was made to start four consecutive games - on the fifth occasion he stayed away from the squad to train. It turned out that he was spending time in the gym in order to bulk himself up to deal with the demands of the game. While he grew in stature physically, his return showed he was making progress.

A hat-trick against Southampton in the League Cup, and an equaliser against West Bromwich Albion made one or two take a little more notice of him before a hamstring injury kept him sidelined. 

But he would come back stronger - and end up leading the line in some of the big games instead of Daniel Sturridge. He repaid Klopp's faith with goals in both legs of the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund and in the Merseyside derby. Prior to that he would run defences ragged from the defence and established himself as a favourite.

During that time he has managed to establish himself as a useful option. He could play in a front two or three with Sturridge in the side, or Roberto Firmino. 

Divock Origi scores the first goal for LiverpoolDivock Origi scores the first goal for Liverpool

Origi could have been seen as a player for a certain type of game - whether Liverpool wanted a more physical presence from the start or just his impact from the bench. It seems as though that he will have a role to play for Liverpool in every game going forward - but it might vary as to whether that's from the start or from the bench. One would expect him to share that workload with Daniel Sturridge.

After spending a period of time injured towards the end of last season, it was there to see at Euro 2016 that he was rusty during Belgium's clash with Italy. It seems that Origi is a player that needs some kind of rhythm to find his best form.

But after 10 goals in all competitions during his first season in red, expect him to have a big role in some capacity during the next 12 months. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Divock Origi at the end of the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Divock Origi

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