Divock Origi scored twice for Liverpool against Everton on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty Images)

Divock Origi made the most of a rare start for Liverpool on Wednesday night, scoring twice in a Merseyside derby win over Everton as Thierry Henry praised the striker for showing maturity.

In a surprising team selection from Jurgen Klopp, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were both left out of the starting XI, with Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri coming in.

Both men scored, with Origi netting twice in a dominant 5-2 victory over the Toffees, as Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum also grabbed goals.

It was a fine performance from the Belgian striker, but after the contest at Anfield, he was keen to focus on the wider display of the team and how he is happy to be a part of the squad.

‘We always say that we have a great team and we just have to be at our best,’ said Origi. ‘As a team each individual is important and we just have to push each other.

‘We have a great group, even the youngsters, which you saw against Arsenal [in the EFL Cup] , I’m grateful to be here and I’m enjoying it.’

Henry believes Origi’s comments proved how he has matured as a player and a man, but also how ruthlessly efficient Liverpool are as a squad.

‘You can see how matured Divock Origi is,’ said the former Arsenal striker. ‘He mentioned team, group and youngsters. Every time he was asked about him being great, he mentioned the team and group. When a team thinks like that, you’re in trouble.’

Origi’s two goals were brilliantly taken, especially the second as he controlled a long ball from Dejan Lovren and produced a fine finish past Jordan PIckford.

‘I think the first one was important to break the game open but the second one technically I enjoyed that one,’ said Origi. ‘The first one a great ball from Sadio and the second one from Dejan.’

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez agreed with his striker at international level and was purring over the second strike.

‘This is the most beautiful one, from any angle you want to analyse it, it’s so simple, a straight pass,’ said Martinez. ‘It’s two touches with a right foot, technically it’s beautiful and the quick thinking is a marvelous decision.’

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