Liverpool striker Divock Origi thinks Brendan Rodgers is a world-class coach capable of delivering the Premier League title, and says that the quality of players at Anfield means the Reds are good enough to finish next season at the top of the table.
The Belgium international's outlandish comments came from a recent interview with Sky Sports News, when he was asked how much he was looking forward to finally moving to Merseyside.
Origi signed for Liverpool from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in a £10 million deal last summer, but was loaned back to France for the 2014/15 campaign to continue his development with the opportunity to play regular first-team football at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
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The 20-year-old impressed for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and that's what caught Rodgers's attention during his recruitment drive last summer. But, the Belgian underwhelmed in Herve Renard's side over the past 12 months after contributing just eight goals in 33 appearances.
Still, expectation levels are high ahead of Origi's arrival in England, particularly after his latest claim which suggests Liverpool are in for a much more successful campaign in 2015/16.
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"I think Liverpool is a wonderful club that deserves to be at the top and to be honest with the players they have, with the quality they have, then they should be finishing at the top of the league," he said.
"I'm very happy to be going there. Brendan Rodgers is a very good coach and he has proved that, so it will be very exciting to work with a world-class coach.
"Most of all it is important to be at a good club where people believe in you and where you feel good and at Liverpool I had a really good feeling and they have experience of working with young players.
"It's always nice to play with good players. The important thing is that I work hard and then I think everything will be okay."
Some supporters questioned the Northern Irishman's decision to let Origi leave last season following the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
In Daniel Sturridge Liverpool still had another proven goalscorer in England's top-flight, but the fact that the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker endured an injury-plagued campaign meant that goals were difficult to come by at Anfield.
Summer signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert failed to hit top form which resulted in the club's disappointing sixth place finish last term, and now leaves Reds fans crying out for attacking reinforcements in the forthcoming transfer window.
Origi will be expected to chip in with his fair share of goals, especially after speaking so positively about his and the club's prospects of challenging for the title next year.
Liverpool fans: Do you agree with Divock Origi that the club can mount a serious Premier League title challenge next season? How many goals do you think the young Belgian will contribute? Have your say below…
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