Mignolet: Origi has a great future

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes club and country teammate Divock Origi has a great future ahead of him, following his impressive displays at Anfield this season.

The 21-year-old rejoined the Reds ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign after his loan spell with French side Lille.

Since then, the Belgium international has continued to shine under coach Jurgen Klopp, scoring six goals in 28 appearances so far, including a vital away goal for Liverpool to secure a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday.

"I knew Divock could perform like that because we see it in training every day. I know what he can do," Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo.

"He had some time to adapt to the demands of English football. A few injuries stopped him but he has got everything you need to make it as a striker in the Premier League and in Europe.

"He's strong, he keeps the ball, he's so quick, he can score a goal, and he works his socks off.

"That work-rate is the most important thing for us, especially when you play away from home against a team like Dortmund with someone like [centre-back Mats] Hummels, who is their playmaker.

"Divock worked so hard for us to win the ball back. That made a big difference for us and it was nice to see.

"You could see he wasn't fazed by the occasion. That's probably down to his age. There was no fear and that's a good thing.

"He's a good character and hopefully he can keep doing the things he's doing. If he does then he will have a great future ahead of him."

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