Lille OSC forward Divock Origi, on loan from Liverpool for the season, has admitted that he questioned his own abilities during his five-month goal drought – which he ended in style at the weekend.
The Belgium international striker bagged a hat-trick against Stade Rennais to ensure that Les Dogues secured a 3-0 victory and three valuable points in front of their home fans at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
The goals ended a remarkable five-month goal drought and hopefully brings to an end a difficult time for the on-loan Liverpool forward.
Heading into this fixture, Origi hadn’t scored since October 2 when he found the net in a Europa League draw against Wolfsburg. During the intervening months, he has admitted that he questioned himself.
“Not many people know it, but I worked like a mad man,” began Origi, as reported by L’Equipe, “when you’re criticised a lot, it allows you to progress.
“I questioned myself. I am sure that all of that made me grow, as a person and as a player.
“I lived in one year what others take five years to live. These goals give me confidence, but I can do a lot better during the game. My teammates were all very happy for me. I shared that with them and with the coach [Rene Girard] who really helped me.”