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Divock Origi excited to play alongside Christian Benteke

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Divock Origi is relishing the chance of playing alongside fellow compatriot, Christian Benteke, at Liverpool.

Benteke completed his £32.5 million move from Aston Villa on Wednesday and is currently training at the Reds' Melwood training centre alongside those who did not travel on the club's pre-season tour of the far east and Australia.

The 24-year-old arrives at Anfield will a stellar reputation, forged during his three season at Villa Park where he scored 42 goals from 89 Premier League appearances.

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Origi is too set for his first season at Liverpool. He moved for £10 million from Lille last summer, however, part of transfer negotiations were that he was to spend one final year at the French side. 

And the 20-year-old cannot wait to meet up with his Belgium international team-mate and believes he can learn a lot from Benteke.

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“He’s a wonderful signing, I think," Origi told the Liverpool Echo

“I know him from the Belgian national team, he has a lot of ability, a lot of qualities.

“I’m happy for him and also for us that he’s part of the team.

“I’m always happy to play with good players, especially Christian.

“I think everybody knows his strengths. He’s very strong, very big, good in the air, he has good feet, he can score.

“He’s the modern striker and it’s a very good signing.

“Even with the national team he always tries to help.

“He’s four years older then me so I’m happy to have experienced players around me so I can progress and also learn from them.”

Strikers

Origi and Benteke also join Danny Ings, who moved from Burnley on a free transfer, as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his forward line. Liverpool scored just 52 goals in the Premier League last season and, with top-four ambitions in mind, will have to improve that tally significantly to achieve their goal.

With the new arrivals, it may well pave the way out of Anfield for strike trio Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini.

Both Balotelli and Borini were not selected to go on Liverpool's pre-season tour and their fate is already decided.

Balotelli has been told his future his "entirely up to him" by Rodgers. With £29 million Roberto Firmino also able to play as a striker, the former Inter Milan forward is well down the pecking order at the Reds. Balotelli netted just four times in all competitions last season and his lack of movement frustrated both his manager and fans. 

Lambert has attracted a host of Premier League club's given his goalscoring record for Southampton. And it is West Bromwich Albion who are leading the race for the 33-year-old and have reportedly offered £3 million for the striker as Baggies boss Tony Pulis looks to add experience to join Saido Berahino. 

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Belgium Football
Christian Benteke
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Divock Origi
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