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Divock Origi excited to join Liverpool

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Divock Origi admits his excitement to joining Liverpool this summer after speaking to Simon Mignolet about the Merseyside club.

Origi signed for the Reds last summer for £10 million from Lille, however, part of his contract clause was for the striker to spend one final year on loan at the French outfit.

The 20-year-old has had a fairly successful season in Ligue 1, netting seven goals in an average Lille side and impressed during his sides 0-0 draw against Everton in the Europa League at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

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Origi will join up with Brendan Rodgers squad in July and will likely be put to the test during pre-season as the Liverpool boss looks to mould the former Genk man into a Premier League player.

And Origi is excited to join the five-time European Cup winners and has been talking to Belgium team-mate Mignolet about the Reds.

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"Simon has helped me a lot and given me a lot of information about the city. He told me it's a nice city and advised me on where you can live and the nice places to go. He told me he really likes it and feels at home there," he told the club's official website.

"He told me it is a special feeling, but that's something I knew already.

"He told me before every game there is a fantastic atmosphere from the supporters and everybody at the club, which helps you to play even better. It makes me excited because it's something I want to experience.

"It's always nice to have someone in the team that you know and who speaks the same language, but obviously I speak some English also, so I hope the integration will be okay.

"I am sure there is a good atmosphere within the group. Simon told me the team is very human and that's very good to hear. I have no worries about that.

"Some people from the team's management have also sent me some messages and let me know they're watching all the games. It's very nice to have the team supporting me and watching often."

Needed

Liverpool's form in-front of goal has been well below par this season.

Daniel Sturridge's campaign has been riddled with injury throughout and the England international has managed just 946 minutes of football all term.

Mario Balotelli was drafted in as a replacement for Luis Suarez, but the former Inter Milan striker has failed to produce on Merseyside and netted just four goals all season, with just one of those in the Premier League and firmly fell out of Rodgers' plans.

Both Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have rarely featured, especially the latter, and Rodgers has mainly used Raheem Sterling as his number nine.

Sterling has done okay playing as a forward, netting seven goals in the top-flight, but he is not a true striker and struggled at times.

Pace

Last season, Liverpool were renowned for their fast starts to matches and killing teams off within the first-half by grabbing early goals.

That was done through the pace of Suarez and Sturridge, however, with neither available throughout the season, the Reds have been reduced to playing slow football that is easily read.

With the addition of Origi to Anfield, this could once again be present. He thrived at the World Cup for Belgian, playing fast, attacking football and will be suited to Rodgers' style when he arrives on Merseyside.

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