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Divock Origi set for Liverpool recall

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Liverpool are set to recall striker Divock Origi in January according to the Daily Star, as an answer to the lack of goals at Anfield.

Origi signed for the Reds this summer for £10 million from Lille, however he was sent back the French side for the upcoming season.

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Nonetheless, Liverpool have managed just 10 goals in the Premier League this term, and boss Brendan Rodgers wants the 19-year-old to be the answer to his forward problem.

Last season, Liverpool were unstoppable when on the attack. They clocked in with 103 Premier League goals - more than any other team - which involved firing five past Arsenal at home, four against Everton at Anfield and nine past Tottenham Hotspur over the two fixtures.

52 of them strikes came from the pairing over Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who were unstoppable up top together.

Suarez has since switched the Reds for Barcelona and Sturridge has missed most of this campaign after picking up a thigh strain when on England duty in September.

Goal drought

Liverpool brought in Mario Balotelli for £16 million from AC Milan in August, however he has yet to find his best form on Merseyside. The Italian International has netted just once in eight appearances, and not give the five time European Cup winners the same options going forward.

Rodgers also drafted in Rickie Lambert for £4 million from Southampton, however he has very much acted as an impact player since making his switch to his boyhood club and not had a real chance.

Fabio Borini, who returned from his loan spell at Sunderland, also remains amongst the squad, yet he has had little game time and when he has played, the former AS Roma man hasn't done all that much.

Origi brings depth

If Liverpool could come to an agreement with Lille and acquire Origi's services earlier than expected, he would be an excellent addition to the squad.

Last season, Liverpool were all about pace on the attack. The forward three of Suarez, Sturridge and Raheem Sterling would hit sides on the counter attack, menacing defenders and killing games off in the first half.

However, Balotelli and Lambert are quite different. They like the ball at their feet to hold it up, and this is slowing Liverpool's attacks down.

Origi has bundles of speed, and he would give Rodgers the option of using these tactics, once again.

Early panic

If the rumours are true, Liverpool are being a bit pre-mature  about bringing the Belgian International to the shore of the River Mersey.

Daniel Sturridge is close to his return, and could feature this Sunday in the away fixture to QPR. He netted 21 Premier League goals last season, despite playing in the shadow of Luis Suarez. Liverpool have badly missed the former Chelsea striker, as his ability to start attacks from virtually nothing is vital to the Reds succeeding.

He also linked well with Balotelli during the 3-0 victory against Mario Balotelli, in what was Liverpool's best performance of the season thus far.

Recall unlikely

It is very doubtful that the two clubs will come to terms for Origi to switch Ligue 1 for England.

Brendan Rodgers has openly said that he did not want the youngster to spend a year on loan at Lille and instead wanted him in his first-team set up.

However, it was the French club who insisted this was the terms there seems no reason why they would go back on what they agreed. Origi is Lille's main striker, and has netted three times already this season. They would be left without a top forward and no suitable replacement.

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