Divock Origi is drawing inspiration from the feats of Milan striking greats Marco van Basten, Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi after joining the Serie A champions from Liverpool.
Origi signed a four-year deal with the 2021-22 Scudetto winners on Tuesday, having enjoyed a trophy-laden eight-year stint at Anfield before departing on a free transfer.
The Belgium international scored 41 goals in 176 appearances as he earned cult-hero status at Liverpool, netting seven goals in 10 games against Merseyside rivals Everton and adding a crucial second goal to seal the Reds’ 2019 Champions League final win over Tottenham.
Meanwhile, In his first media conference in Milan, the 27-year-old hailed the Rossoneri’s title-winners as he targeted making a valuable contribution next term.
“I spoke with the club towards the end of the season.
“But I was concentrating on finishing the season with Liverpool.
“Once that was done, I understood and shared the vision of the club, the people here made me realise the extraordinary journey this squad is on and the history is written, and I want to play my part in continuing it in the coming years.
“I admire many players that have played their role in Milan’s history. Therefore, it isn’t easy to choose.
“For example, I’m thinking of Van Basten, Shevchenko, and Inzaghi, who have all been part of this beautiful club.
“I don’t like to compare myself with others because we all have our own story to tell and path to take.
“I believe it’s possible to take inspiration from any player, in any position.
“And even from outside the footballing world. My goal is to grow as a player continuously.”
Origi scored in San Siro during Liverpool’s 2-1 Champions League win last December.
However, he said the sense of history surrounding Milan’s famous home was a key attraction.
“I felt the atmosphere in the game in San Siro.
“In this stadium, you can feel the sense of history and the club’s culture.
“This is also why it is an honour and a pleasure to be here, to have the opportunity to play in this magical stadium.
“When Milan got the first goal, you could hear the backing and push given by the fans, that feeling between the crowd and players is special.”
However, Origi won six major trophies – including Premier League and Champions League titles – at Liverpool.
And emphasised his gratitude for former boss Jurgen Klopp’s contribution to his career as he looked forward to featuring in another major league.
“I am incredibly grateful and appreciative of my time at Liverpool. It’s a club that has provided me with everything.
“Klopp and I have shared an incredible experience.
“We’ve won lots, and I’m proud to have had him as my coach.
“With coach [Stefano] Pioli, I hope it will be the same, and I can’t wait to start working with him.
“My time at Liverpool was very emotional, especially the goodbyes.
“But now it’s time to start a new journey, giving this club the best version of me.
“Serie A and the Premier League are two completely different leagues.
“I have been fortunate to play in different national championships – Germany, France, England – and international football.
“The Italian league is very tactical, and maybe in England, it’s more physical.
“I think I’m going to learn a lot tactically in Italy.
“But at the same time contribute in the way I can from my experiences.”
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