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Simon Mignolet backs David Origi for success

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Simon Mignolet believes that Divock Origi can become an instant hit at Liverpool.

Origi signed for the Reds for £10 million from Lille last summer, however, the striker had to spend one more year on-loan at the French club before moving to Merseyside.

The 19-year-old has scored seven goals in Ligue 1 this season and has helped Les Dogues battle for a Europa League spot next term.

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Origi has many Kopites excited for when he arrives at Anfield this summer after impressing during the 2014 World Cup for Belgium.

And his international team-mate Mignolet feels that Origi will become a huge success at Liverpool.

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"He's only a young player but I'm sure, from what I've seen in training with him, that he's a very good player and will do really well for us," Mignolet told the club's official website.

"He's very quick, he's got skill, he can hold the ball up and score a goal as well - what else do you want from a striker?

"He's got a good attitude to work hard in training, which is always important; he's willing to learn and accepts advice. I can only speak in good terms about him.

"I have spoken with him a fair few times about next season, pre-season and how he is going to settle in - not only at the club, but also in the city.

"He is looking forward to the pre-season tour and asked me what that's about because he's heard many things about that, and I told him no different.

"He's looking forward to next season and I think he'll be ready for the team when he comes in."

Belgian Crop

In recent years, Belgium have become one of the best footballing nations across the globe and have rose to an incredible third in FIFA's rankings behind Germany and Argentina.

After being knocked out of the group stages of the 1998 World Cup, the Belgian FA closely examined and reorganised their approach to developing young stars and have done so with the greatest of success.

Origi is just one of many Belgian names under the age of 25 who is lighting up the soccer world.

Edin Hazard, 24, has become one of the world's greatest players and Kevin De Bruyne, 23, has the most assists across any side in Europe for Wolfsburg this term.

Add those to the list of Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and Christian Benteke who are all too under 25 - the Red Devils are quickly becoming one of the world's strongest footballing nations.

Needed

Liverpool have been well below par in front of goal this term and Origi's arrival will be extremely welcomed.

A lot of reliance has been placed on Daniel Sturridge since returning from injury in late January and the England international has not been allowed to develop back to full-fitness gradually because of that reason.

Mario Balotelli has once again failed at yet another football club when leading the Reds' front-line in Sturridge's absence and both Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini has barely been given any game-time.

Origi is a player who should suit the fast-paced tempo of the Premier League, likewise the tactics that Brendan Rodgers looks to enforce on Liverpool.

The former Genk academy man is versatile, capable of playing out wide or as a number nine which will make him very handy for Rodgers to have in his team.

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