Divock Origi has backed his Liverpool side to ‘do everything’ next season, as the Belgian focuses on getting over the disappointment of the Europa League final.
The 21-year-old was a second half substitute in the 3-1 defeat to Sevilla, his first outing since sustaining an ankle injury in April’s Merseyside derby.
Origi had little impact as he watched the Reds lose their second cup final of the season, after also losing to Manchester City at Wembley in the League Cup.
It was a personal breakthrough campaign for Origi, however, scoring 10 goals in his first campaign at Anfield.
He is happy with his progress and has tipped his team-mates to bounce back from Basel disappointment too.
“With Klopp, we played two finals,” he said. “We lost them but as a group we have a lot of talent. It’s good for me to play with big players and make steps every day.
“We’re going to do everything (next season) and I think we have the qualities. It will be an exciting season for us. We have more training time and we have to use it to become better.
“A lot of things have happened this year – a lot of good moments and lower moments.”
“I’ve gained a lot of experience and to be able to play at a big club like Liverpool, and to play in the Premier League – for me, the best league in the world and the most intensive league in the world – was very important.”
“They were all challenges and it was important for me to take this step.”
Origi will now feature for Belgium at Euro 2016, two years after bursting on to the scene at the World Cup.
The forward’s fitness gamble has paid off after coming back from his injury ahead of schedule to play in both the Europa League final and for his country in France.
He is expected to be implemented out wide by Belgium boss Marc Wilmots through the summer, but Origi admits he prefers to play up front.
“I took a little risk playing against Sevilla and luckily for me I didn’t have to regret it physically,” he told the Belgian press. “I didn’t even feel any pain.”
“I prefer to play through the middle but if I’m here it’s to be of service to the team in the position that they want to entrust to me.
“I’m sometimes on the wing at Liverpool too or up front but not on my own. But don’t think this question is worrying me particularly.
“I certainly consider myself as a number nine who’s capable of slipping to the wing but ultimately it’s the best who’ll play and who will lead us as far as possible.”