Kenyan International Arnold Origi has tipped his cousin, Liverpool forward Divock Origi to get better, adding he has what it takes to become one of the best strikers in the world.
Divock and Arnold are very close and the former candidly refers to the latter as "the brother I never had."
“I know his qualities. Divock has everything you need to be a top striker – pace, power, aggression and finishing. And I'm not saying that just because we're family," Arnold told The Liverpool Echo.
“He can also be the first defender with his pressing which is very important in a team like Liverpool. I see what he's capable of. He showed it in the 2014 World Cup for example. That was no fluke. You don't just go and perform at that level. He can be the best. The only hindrance to him becoming the best is in himself," he added.
Divock's father is former Kenyan International Mike Okoth while Arnold is the son of Austin Origi, Mike's older brother, who played for Gor Mahia.
Divock also has kind words for his cousin who he has seen grow in the game.
“Our fathers passed on to us their passion for football and about what can he achieved with hard work. When I was young it was more flexible with my football so sometimes we would stay for two months in Nairobi and see my grandparents.
“I remember Arnold had posters of players all over his bedroom. He was very passionate. He has come a long way. Now he's had 10 years playing in Norway and is up there with the best keepers in the league. As a child I'd watch clips of him playing and I was like: 'wow, this guy has good reflexes'.”
“Divock's dad actually started off as a very good keeper in Kenya and then he became the main striker for the international team. I didn't get to see my dad play that much because I was so young but I got to watch my uncle play a lot for the national team. I always wanted to follow in his footsteps and play in Europe. He was an inspiration for me – what I wanted to become," Arnold adds,
“Unfortunately, we didn't get the chance to play together. When Mike finished playing for Kenya in 2004, I was in the under-23s squad trying to get into the senior national team. We just missed each other.”
Recently Divock hosted Arnold in Liverpool and the custodian was over the moon.
“To experience that rivalry between Liverpool and Everton in the stadium for the first time was amazing. When Sadio scored, it was crazy. The red flares and all that smoke! What passion.
“I'd never seen anything like this. The Liverpool fans were still singing all the way down the road outside Goodison long after the game had finished. I also went to the games against West Ham, Middlesbrough, Man City and Sunderland. I love Anfield. What a privilege it is for Divock to play there. Being pitch side and feeling that atmosphere was unbelievable.
“When I'm in Norway, I always watch the Liverpool games. Even when he doesn't play, I'll watch and look out for things the other guys are doing which might help Divock.”