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 By Ian Holyman
Aug 5, 2014

Divock Origi determined to improve

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says there are still reasons to be positive, despite losing 3-1 to Manchester United in Miami.

Liverpool new boy Divock Origi has said he still has "work to do" before he becomes the finished article.

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Origi, 19, made his Ligue 1 debut in February 2013 and has since played and scored at a World Cup for Belgium. He completed a 12 million euros move from Lille to Anfield before being loaned back to the French club.

But he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and told L'Equipe: "Last year, I scored on my Ligue 1 debut before dropping out of the team a little later.

"That pushed me to work harder. I want to play a run of games, establish myself in the team, improve and discover European competition."

Although the Anfield faithful may have known little of Origi -- the son of Kenyan footballer Mike, who moved to Belgium -- prior to the World Cup, those in charge at the club have been aware of his potential for years.

"Liverpool followed me for a long time. When I arrived in the offices there, they showed me cassettes of me in the under-15s. Everyone knew me. I couldn't believe it," he said.

"When I arrived, I was impressed. Steven Gerrard told me it was a shame that I wouldn't be there straight away as everyone was waiting impatiently for me. That means something. I also saw [Daniel] Sturridge, who was very nice."

Origi added that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers believes he can go far, saying: "He wants me to become one of the best in the world."

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