Divock Origi has completed his transfer to Liverpool, although the young Belgian will have to wait a year until he makes his competitive bow for the club. He does, however, believe Anfield is the ‘perfect’ place for him to develop his career.
£10 million deal
Origi has long been expected to join Liverpool from Lille, although he will spend another season with the French club before his career with the Reds begins in a full-time capacity. The 19-year-old is reported have joined the club for £10 million.
The young Belgian supposedly rejected interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham in order to complete his move to Liverpool, so the deal represents something of a coup for manager Brendan Rodgers.
It would appear that the prospect of working under Rodgers was a key to getting the deal over the line, and Origi is satisfied that he made the right choice by resisting the temptation to switch to north London.
Liverpool 'perfect' for Origi
“I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I'm very excited,” Origi told the official Liverpool website.
“I was very happy because I know that Liverpool are a big club. I was very excited and knew this could be something big for me.
“For me, it was my dream to play for a big club. I know Liverpool is a club with a great history, so for me it was perfect.”
On Rodgers, Origi said: “He showed a lot of interest [in me] and told me that with hard work I could go far. I have to work hard, he's a great coach and I'm very happy.
“With the coach we have, he's a great manager who can handle a young team, and we also have experienced players.
“For me it's very exciting. I think we can go very far - we have a lot of quality in the group.”
More signings to come
Origi’s deal was one lined-up prior to the departure of Luis Suarez, so Liverpool still have plenty of cash to reinvest in their squad this summer following the sale of their talisman to Barcelona in a transfer worth £75 million.
The acquisition of another striker was desired before Suarez’s sale but became imperative once he had moved, although Origi will not be the forward to reinforce the club’s ranks given that he will be sent out on loan.
Loic Remy was the player identified to replace Suarez and Liverpool had agreed a fee of £8.5 million to sign him. However, that deal collapsed after the France international failed his extensive medical.
Watch: Divock Origi gives his first interview as a Liverpool player
Who next for Liverpool?
Liverpool have both the reserves and the allure to be able to secure a marquee signing before the close of the transfer window, and have been linked with some of the elite players in European football.
Karim Benzema has been mentioned as a potential recruit, although it would appear more likely Rodgers will push for a more versatile forward to supplement the Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert two senior players already at his disposal.
The Real Madrid centre-forward has also supposedly rejected the idea of moving to Anfield, so Liverpool will have to look elsewhere in their attempts to sign a successor to last season’s leading Premier League scorer.