Reports: Liverpool to cut short Divock Origi's Lille loan in January
According to reports, Divock Origi will return to parent club Liverpool from Lille in January. Origi was bought by the English club from Lille after the World Cup in the summer last season on the condition that the striker would be allowed to spend a year on loan at the French club.
Liverpool bought the 19-year-old for a reported £10 million and it seems that the Merseysiders will pay another £3 million to cut his loan deal short.
Liverpool have been struggling for goals
Liverpool have been struggling to find goals since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge’s injury. New signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert haven’t really done much in the goal-scoring department and Fabio Borini has largely been resigned to the bench.
Raheem Sterling has been deployed in the striker’s role lately by manager Brendan Rodgers and the youngster has scored three goals in five matches. But, Sterling’s move is only supposed to be temporary and the arrival of the Belgian can ease the burden on the Englishman.
Rodgers had previously stated that Origi would not be coming to Liverpool in January, but the striking problems at the club may have brought this turnaround.
However, Origi has not found the back of the net since October, having scored 4 goals prior to that. Lille have also struggled as a result, languishing in the 13th position in the Ligue 1. The striker was also booed by his team’s fans, which may hamper the youngster’s development and that may have been another reason for the turnaround in Rodgers’ thinking.
If the Belgian international does come to Liverpool, the English club will have the Golden Boy of Europe (Raheem Sterling) and the runner-up in Origi.