Divock Origi has revealed that he has set a number of personal targets for the season ahead as the striker prepares to enter a crucial stage in his Liverpool career.
Origi managed 11 goals last season but had to settle for a place on the bench for much of the season, with Roberto Firmino chosen as Jürgen Klopp’s preferred number 9. Origi told Liverpoolfc.com:
“I’ve made steps and it’s (up to) me to keep progressing. I feel really good so I go into the season with a lot of excitement.”
“I’m going to take it game by game, training session by training session, just trying to express myself and enjoy myself. When I enjoy the game, I always play good.”
“I set personal targets, high targets – it’s always good to be very ambitious and tough on yourself, and I think that will push me to do well.”
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The Reds take on Tranmere in their first friendly of a busy pre-season schedule on Wednesday and Origi will be hoping to impress from the start. The arrival of Dominic Solanke has further increased competition amongst the strikers.
Origi, Firmino, Solanke and Daniel Sturridge are all at Melwood already and will have a month of training together before the new season begins. The Belgian striker says he has not yet spoken to Jürgen Klopp 1-on-1 about targets for the season and where the manager plans on fitting him in.
“He always expects us to be ambitious and give our best. I haven’t really spoken to him one on one but, for me, I already know what I have to do.”
“I’ll just go with a lot of excitement and enjoy the game and try to take every minute I get.”