Liverpool have announced the signing of Belgian teenage sensation Divock Origi from Lille on a long-term contract.
The 19-year-old will now spend the next season back on loan with the French club, according to the Reds' official website, where he first burst onto the scene before this summer's World Cup.
The teenage Belgian is certainly one for the future, and will provide competition for Daniel Sturridge once he has returned from his period on loan.
He announced himself on the world stage by displacing the in-form Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who had helped dismantle teams while on loan at Roberto Martinez’s Everton side, from Belgium’s national team at the World Cup.
Everybody’s tournament dark horses made their way to the quarter-finals, and he made five appearances in Brazil, scoring one goal against Russia in the group stages.
Six goals in 35
Last season at Lille, Origi scored six goals in 35 appearances and Liverpool will be hoping that he continues his development in Ligue 1 next season.
The move comes after the Anfield side’s bid to land QPR forward Loic Remy collapsed amidst acrimonious circumstances, with a failed medical rumoured to be the cause of the decision not to progress with the deal.
Origi becomes Liverpool’s sixth signing of the summer, following the Southampton influx of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Levran, along with Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can and Benfica’s Lazar Markovic.
Rodgers could still be in the market for a forward to provide immediate competition for Sturridge as first choice striker, as well as a full-back to provide cover, with the manager insisting that, despite their spending passing £100million, they still have not touched the £75million fee that they received from Barcelona for star striker Luis Suarez.
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