Origi On Target As Liverpool Rout Thais


Divork Origi scored his first goal for Liverpool as they braved monsoon conditions to beat Thai All Stars  4-0 at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. 

It was the first game for the 21-year-old Origi who is son to former Harambee Stars captain Mike Okoth Origi. 

The Liverpool boss played a different XI in each half and saw striker Divock Origi, who spent last season on loan at Lille, score on his debut for the club.

Goals from Lazar Markovic and Mamadou Sakho put the Reds in control before the interval and then Adam Lallana made it 3-0 before Origi had the final word. Rodgers’ first half line up included summer signings Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez. 

The gaffer went with a 4-4-2 midfield diamond with Lucas Leiva sitting deep with Teixeira and Rossiter either side of him and Markovic at the tip behind Rickie Lambert and Ings. 

Inside two minutes Markovic’s clever flick from Andre Wisdom’s cross forced a save from Warut Makemusik. 

Seconds later the opening goal arrived. Teixeira provided the perfect pass and Markovic went around the keeper before slotting home.

Liverpool were soon back on the attack with the Thais pinned inside their own half. 

Ings was denied by a smart save and then Teixeira’s effort from the rebound was deflected over. 

From Teixeira’s subsequent corner, Ings fired home but his joy was shortlived as it was harshly ruled out for a foul on the keeper by Mamadou Sakho. Rossiter then met Lambert’s cross at the back post but his header was turned over by Makemusik.  Three minutes before half-time the second goal finally arrived as Sakho powered home from Teixeira’s inviting corner. 

The France international delighted the home fans by kneeling and kissing the turf. At the interval the heavens opened and a monsoon quickly descended on the Rajamangala Stadium. 

As supporters dashed for cover, both sets of players struggled to keep their footing as the rain continued to lash down. Rodgers made 11 changes with Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Origi all pulling on a Liverpool shirt for the first time. 

Seven minutes into the second half the Reds made it 3-0. Lallana latched on to Jordan Henderson’s pass and found the bottom corner with a sweet drive. Henderson nearly celebrated being appointed captain with a goal of his own soon after but his dink from the edge of the area landed on the roof of the net. 

Despite the horrendous conditions, Origi showed flashes of the talent that convinced Rodgers he was worth £10million a year ago. 

The young Belgian frontman played a neat one-two with Lallana before striking the post. With 15 minutes to go Origi was thwarted by the woodwork once again after clipping the ball over the advancing keeper. 

After Henderson’s shot was tipped behind by Makemusik, Rodgers’ side struck from another set-piece. 

The Reds skipper delivered the corner and Origi rose highest seven yards out to give Markmusik no chance.

Liverpool first half: Bogdan, Gomez, Toure, Sakho, Wisdom, Lucas, Rossiter, Teixeira, Markovic, Ings, Lambert

Liverpool second half: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Maguire, Allen, Henderson, Milner, Ibe, Lallana, Origi







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