Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hails Divock Origi's Kenyan dad

Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hails Divock Origi's Kenyan dad

- Origi has been in terrific form this season whenever handed the starting role

- He netted a brace in Liverpool's comeback against Barcelona to earn the Reds a place in the Champions League finals

- Brendan Rodgers is, however, unperturbed by the youngster's form, lauding his Kenyan father as a top footballer as well

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Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, has acknowledged he is not surprised by Divock Origi's spectacular form and emergence as Liverpool hero.

Despite failing to nail a permanent starting role under Jurgen Klopp, Origi has always been impressive whenever handed the opportunity.

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The Belgian youngster has, in particular, established himself as a match winner this season, winning the Reds crucial matches.

In December 2018, he rescued all the three points for the Anfield outfit during the Merseyside derby against Everton with a 96th minute winner in Liverpool's 1-0 win.

At the time, he had spent weeks on the sidelines, often making the squad as an unused substitute.

Origi also emerged match-hero with a late winner in Liverpool's 3-2 win over Newcastle United to take the title race down the wire.

His brace against Barcelona that sent the Premier League giants to the Champions League finals capped what has been an otherwise spectacular season for Origi at Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers, however, says he is unsurprised by Origi's immense talent, having signed him from Lille when he was Liverpool manager.

"Divock is a big talent. He is one that when we signed him, part of the deal was that he had to stay at Lille. He had broken through to the Belgian team as a youngster, showed his talents and we spotted him," he was quoted saying.

He further took time to hail Origi's father saying: "He has a dad (Mike Okoth) who had a great history in the game as well."

Okoth is a retired Kenyan footballer who initially played as a goalkeeper before converting to a striker.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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