Divock Origi says he is ready to take his chance with Liverpool’s attack facing a mini-crisis.
Red boss Jurgen Klopp could be without Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge for tonight’s League Cup quarterfinal against Leeds at Anfield (9.45pm) after already having Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho ruled out through injury.
The Brazil forward was stretchered from the field after just 34 minutes of the Reds’ 2-0 win over Sunderland at the weekend.
Firmino also came off with a knock on his calf.and calf problem was also the reason Liverpool were without Sturridge for the win, with the striker reporting tightness.
Belgian striker Origi, though is hungry for game time after seeing his teammates rack up the goals this season after making all 10 league appearances off the bench.
He says: “You have to stay patient in a positive manner but, to be honest, it has been very difficult… when you are not on the pitch you have to accept it.
“You have to stay positive and believe in yourself.
“You never know when the team will need you.
“I worked a lot to stay sharp for when I can help the team.
“We have a strong squad and everyone is important. I focus on myself and on my mentality and training, giving everything.
“I wanted to use the time to improve other parts of my game and analyse my game. “You can improve in both ways. I have learned a lot and I was ready to show this.”
Meanwhile, Reds legend Robbie Fowler says the Merseysiders will have to be on their toes against the team he played for after leaving Anfield in 2001.
He says: “For me, you treat every game the same – whether you’re playing Manchester United or a lower-league side.
“You go out there and play to your utmost. If you go into any game and your mindset alters in any way, that’s why you see upsets.
“On paper, Liverpool should be winning relatively easily. But the Leeds team, playing against a Premier League side and playing against Liverpool, will raise their game.
“It’s all about Liverpool – if they go out and play the way they can, I shouldn’t foresee any problems.”