Divock Origi couldn’t hide his delight after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland, having the opened the scoring at Anfield.
It looked set to be one of those frustrating afternoons on Merseyside, with the Reds struggling to break down David Moyes’ defence-minded visitors.
With 15 minutes remaining, however, substitute Origi found the net in clinical fashion, sending the home crowd into raptures.
Origi spoke of his pleasure at scoring such a vital goal, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side picked up three points and temporarily moved back to the Premier League‘s summit.
“When I came on, I just wanted to play my game and this is my game, when I come on the left hand side it’s one of my strong points – one-on-one and shooting,” Origi told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Of course I was very happy when it went in and it helped the team a lot, so I’m so happy.
“You have to stay patient and you have to stay focused and not lose [silly] balls. You know that you have to create something and I think every player played his part.
“My part was to play on my qualities and I’m thankful that it went in and we won deservedly.”
It has been a frustrating season for the 21-year-old to date, with the form of Liverpool’s attack ensuring he has often been used from the substitutes’ bench.
He admits that patience is required at this stage in his career, and that his focus is very much on helping the Reds win matches.
“I think it’s not easy, especially as a young player – I was so hungry to play. I started this season with a lot of hunger and I just had to be patient,” he added.
“Sometimes it can happen that you don’t play in the moment but I always believed in my qualities and so did the club, so did the supporters, so did the manager.
“I just used all this hunger to improve myself and stay ready for the moment you have to help the team.
“I’m so happy that I could help the team and I hope everything will go well this season.”
With Philippe Coutinho picking up a potentially serious injury against Sunderland, and Daniel Sturridge also out, this may be a big opportunity for Origi to enjoy a run in the team.
He showed exactly what he is capable of last season, when he was often first-choice striker, and his goal on Saturday will do him the world of good.
Next up for Liverpool is Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final at home to Leeds United – a game that Origi will surely start in.