'I'm a wide receiver, Coutinho is the quarterback' - Origi reveals love of NFL

Liverpool’s Divock Origi has compared himself to a NFL wide receiver and Philippe Coutinho to a talismanic quarterback.

The Reds forward has been mingling with American Football stars during a promotional tour in the UK.

He admits to being a fan of gridiron and sees similarities between the role he fills for the Reds and Belgium and that taken on by the flashy show-stoppers on the other side of the Atlantic.

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"If there was a wide receiver that'd be me - pace, strength and finishing skills," the 22-year-old said in the Daily Mirror.

"We have a lot of tactics at Liverpool, but I think the NFL have even more.

"They study tactics a little bit differently!

"Klopp focuses a lot on tactics, it's important of course. But in this game he puts an accent on playing on our intuition and just enjoying the game. You have to have a good mix.”

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Origi also offered up Brazilian playmaker Coutinho as an ideal quarterback, along with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

On the other side of the ball, he suggested that Croatian centre-half Dejan Lovren would make a quality linebacker due to his destructive qualities.

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"If there was one player I wouldn't want to be tackled by, it'd be Dejan Lovren. He's very aggressive and makes some dangerous tackles.

"If I was to compare an English football player and an American football player, I think the American player would be stronger but the English player would be quicker.”

Origi has showcased his attacking quality on a regular basis this season, netting 10 times in 38 appearances across all competitions.

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