Belgian striker of Kenyan descent scores his first goal for Liverpool in a 4-0 pre-season friendly win after being out on loan for a season at French top flight side LOSC Lille
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Kenyan soccer enthusiasts as well as their Belgian counterparts are beaming with pride after striker Divock Origi struck his first goal for Liverpool on his debut in a pre-season friendly against the Thai All-Stars earlier today at the Rajamangala stadium in Thailand. The Belgian striker is son of former Kenya international Mike Okoth Origi and cousin to Norway based Kenyan international goalkeeper Arnold Origi.
The game was Liverpool’s first stop in a pre-season tour that includes appearances in Malaysia and Australia. Head coach Brendan Rodgers took the opportunity to give starts to his new signings Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez. Their opposition, the Thai All Stars, were a selection of the top players from the Thai league. The Reds did not take long to open their account against the Stars as Lazar Markovic rounded the goalkeeper and scored in the third minute after a pinpoint through pass by Joao Carlos Texeira.
Texeira was again in the thick of it a few minutes before halftime as his corner delivery met the head of French international Mamadou Sakho whose effort found the back of the net finishing the first half on a high note for the visitors.
Brendan Rodgers changed his squad once more putting in almost an entirely new team testing his other new signings namely Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and also gave Divock Origi his first Liverpool appearance.
Despite rains, Liverpool still continued aggressively and they made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute when Captain Jordan Henderson cheekily assisted English compatriot Adam Lallana with the famous Rabona move and Lallana coolly finished into the bottom corner.
Divock looked dangerous as his pace and strength gave the defense a lot of problems. He forced a save out of the Thai keeper and he hit the woodwork with a shot. Just when everyone thought Divock Origi wouldn’t score, he finally got his goal after heading in a corner kick from Jordan Henderson much to the delight of fans.