When Liverpool manager, Brendan Rogers, signed Divock Origi from Lille in the summer for £10m after the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, many thought he would be a Liverpool player immediately. But Lille as part of the contract opted for an extended stay for the player by way of a season long loan deal. Now, news filtering in says, Brendan Rogers may just call short the season long loan arrangement Liverpool had with Lille FC in France over Divock Origi. Liverpool could just recall the player from his loan spell and draft him into his squad in January, to bolster and expand his attacking options, according to reports from Daily Star.
Liverpool were very impressive last season almost clinching the English Premier League title coming second on the log behind Manchester City, the eventual Champions. A major factor responsible for the successful run last term is the Sturridge and Suarez (SAS) connection in their forward line but this season, the absence of Suarez through a departure to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge through injury has had an effect on the potency of the Liverpool attack this summer. The signing of Mario Balotelli from AC Milan and Rickie Lambert from Southampton hasn’t really alleviated the goal scoring problem and now the manager, Brendan Rogers would look to bring in Divock Origi in January, by cutting short his loan spell with Lille and hopefully pair him up with Sturridge for a semblance of the Suarez era.
The 19-year-old Belgian’s career has grown in leaps and bounds in the last one year, heightened by his inclusion in the Belgium national squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign in June/July. Marc Wilmots, the Belgium manager to the World Cup chose Origi for Belgium, a country with a plethora of attacking options, with Everton strikers, Romelo Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, and Christian Benteke, to mention a few. Brendan Rogers however, speaking about Divock Origi, said: ‘‘There are very few players who can replace Suarez. Actually there are no players who can replace Suarez. When you look at the availability of other players during the summer, it was something that was difficult for us. It’s no good now, I know, but we took a player in Divock Origi who we believe will be world class and we’ll get him in the summer. Now he is a top player. He has everything: the speed, the profile and so on and he could play for Liverpool now. Our deal was that we couldn’t bring him in now. That was unfortunate because he can run in behind (the defence), he can keep the ball, he can press and he can run but that (Origi staying with Lille) was part of the deal.’’
Meanwhile, Origi recently expressed his delight and revealed that he is in constant contact with Liverpool and Brendan Rogers by saying: ‘‘The Liverpool manager regularly sends me a text message. They follow me and scouts attend all my games. Rogers wanted to add me to his squad immediately, but Lille wanted me to stay for one more season. I had no choice. It’s not that I don’t want to go to Liverpool, I have ambitions. But it’s an advantage I’m at Lille for a season where I can continue and play a lot. That’s the positive side of the story.’’ At just 19, Divock Origi’s impressive display has earned him a lot of accolades from all over Europe and however Liverpool deals on this matter- whether to call his loan spell short or wait to have him next summer- the Brendan Rogers led squad would be the better for it.