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Divock Origi completes Liverpool move

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Liverpool announced the signing of 19-year-old Belgian striker Divock Origi from Lille on a five year deal, reports BBC Sport.

The international, who became Belgium's youngest goalscorer at a World Cup finals during the tournament in Brazil last month, has been linked with a move since he helped his nation reach the quarter finals before they were defeated by finalists Argentina.

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Lille return

Origi completes a transfer worth £10 million on a five year deal, with the first year spent back on loan at Lille. With Lille shaping up for European football this season, the French side were desperate to keep a hold of their young superstar.

The 19-year-old has kept Liverpool waiting for a decision, holding off until he returned from holiday and weighed up all his options. Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid had all expressed an interest in the striker but it was Liverpool who always seemed most likely to sign him.

Origi becomes Liverpool's sixth signing of the summer, joining Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren from Southampton as well as Emre Can and Lazar Markovic from Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica respectively.

Raw talent

The Anfield outfit had originally hoped that the Belgian would join the squad straight away, however Lille demanded that the English side remain faithful to their word that they would loan him back for the first season. This was before the deal for Loic Remy fell through, due to a failed medical.

However, Origi is looking forward to using this season to prepare himself for the Premier League.

The starlet is aiming to become an integral part of Lille season, cementing his place in Lille's first team and improve his overall game. Origi said that he is really excited to join what he calls one of the greatest clubs in the world with such a fantastic history.

The striker has scored six goals in 35 appearances for the French side, and is looking to increase that tally next season.

Belgian conveyor belt

Origi joins international teammate Simon Mignolet at Liverpool, with several other Belgians plying their trade in the Premier League including Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke.

The-19-year old has been compared to the latter two players frequently by the Belgian media, with many saying that Liverpool's new striker is performing better than both Lukaku and Benteke did at the same age. This looks good for Liverpool's future if the youngster can kick on even further during his loan spell next

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