Brendan Rodgers unfazed by Divock Origi's form as he lauds his Kenyan dad
Former Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he is not surprised by Divock Origi's emergence as a Liverpool hero this season as he heaped praise on his dad Mike Okoth Origi.
Origi rescued all three points for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby against Everton back in December with a 96th-minute winner after staying on the sidelines for a long time. The Belgian was again on hand to score a late winner in the 3-2 win over Newcastle United that prolonged the title race. His brace against Barcelona earned Liverpool a place in the Champions League finals.
Rodgers signed Origi for the Reds in the summer of 2014 before loaning him back to Lille, as revealed that he is not surprised with his form, "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.
"We had him at Melwood, the scouting team there had a wonderful presentation showing him from 15 years of age and we showed him how we would like to progress his game. He is a great talent. He hasn’t been allowed to show it as much as he would like because of the talent that is there, but he has shown his talent in the week and against Newcastle on the weekend as well. He is a great guy, he has a dad (Mike) who had a great history in the game as well."