Liverpool have announced the signing of highly rated Belgian striker Divock Origi for £10 million. However, the 19-year-old striker will remain at Ligue 1 Lille next year as they were keen for the striker to remain at the club for one more season.
It is quite a coup for Liverpool as Origi is one of the most coveted teenagers in world football after impressing at this year’s World Cup and managing to dislodge the more established Romelu Lukaku from the starting line up.
Origi has signed a five-year deal and will remain on loan at Lille next season despite the fact that the Red’s currently have only three recognized strikers in their squad that will be playing Champions League football in the upcoming season.
Origi spoke of his delight at the move stating the following.
“I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I’m very excited.
I know it’s a club with a great history, great fans and a lot of great players. For me, Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world and I’m very excited to be part of this great history.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thrilled that they have secured one of the brightest talents in world football.
“For me, he can be one of the most exciting talents in world football. I genuinely believe that.
He’s super fast, has a wonderful touch, he’s a good size and is aggressive. What I like, and what I have in other players, is that humility to work hard.
I’ve seen enough of him over the course of the last couple of seasons to think this is a kid who, coming into the right environment, can genuinely be world class.”
The inclusion of the 19-year-old in the Belgian World Cup squad was a surprise move by Marc Wilmots and while Adnan Januzaj may have been the young player that many would have expected to shine for Belgium it was Origi who performed admirably at this summer’s World Cup with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard struggling.
Lille have been very reluctant to let Origi leave and are happy that he will remain at the Ligue 1 club next year. It would, however, have been ideal if the 19-year-old joined Liverpool for this upcoming season.
It was at the end of last season that Origi started to show a greater level of maturity in his play and more consistency scoring four of his five goals in the 2nd half of the season. Brendan Rodgers has tracked the player’s progress for the last number of years which is why he speaks so highly of the Belgian international.
He is very quick, while also possessing decent strength to hold up the ball and seems a perfect fit for Premier League football with a mix of athleticism and the technical skills to excel.
With a move for Loic Remy failing to materialise the signing of Origi is a boost but it is a shame for Liverpool fans that the striker will not be joining up with the Reds for this upcoming season and it may force Brendan Rodgers to look for a short term solution for next season.
Another season in Ligue 1 will however be good for the development of the 19-year-old and he is likely to feature much more regularly for Lille. He could also feature in the Champions League provided the French club secure their path in the qualification stages.
Brendan Rodgers is a coach who has improved young player such as Raheem Sterling , Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson in a short space of time. Origi could have been a solution for next season but Lille have been very reluctant to lose the player at such a young age.
It will be interesting to see if Brendan Rodgers regrets the decision to loan the youngster back to Lille when all is said and done in May 2015.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.