Liverpool's Divock Origi admits spell on the sidelines has been tough
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 27/11/16 11:43pm
Liverpool striker Divock Origi admits he has endured a "very difficult" time not getting into Jurgen Klopp's team.
The Belgium international's only starts since April have been in the EFL Cup, but he came off the bench to score a crucial breakthrough goal in the 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.
Origi has been behind Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order but took his chance when he replaced the injured Philippe Coutinho, and he is ready to kick on for the Reds.
"You have to stay patient in a positive manner but, to be honest, it has been very difficult," he said.
"As a young player, as a footballer, your life is football. When you're on the pitch you enjoy yourself and when you are not on the pitch you have to accept it, and you have to know it is a professional world and we have a very good team.
"You have to stay positive and believe in yourself. You never know when the team will need you. I worked a lot to stay sharp for when I can help the team. We have a strong squad and everyone is important.
"I showed I am very hungry and willing to make the steps to help the team for the rest of the season.
"I focus on myself, to be honest, and on my mentality and training, giving everything. I wanted to use the time to improve other parts of my game and analyse my game.
"You can improve in both ways. I have learned a lot and I was ready to show this. Whenever the manager needs me I will be ready."
Origi also says Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry, who is assistant to Roberto Martinez for Belgium, has been helping him improve with the national team.
"Yes, we spoke a lot and he tries to improve my game," he said. "He is a good man as a person and a legend so it is interesting."