Divock Origi will establish himself as a ‘truly great’ player for Liverpool when the young striker’s career at Anfield begins in earnest, at least this is the opinion of his current colleague at Lille, Simon Kjaer.
Origi was a £10 million summer transfer window acquisition for Liverpool, a coup indeed following his performances at the World Cup, but was immediately loaned back to Lille to continue his development by playing regularly.
The departure of Luis Suarez and a return to Champions League football had led to suggestions that Origi may get his chance at Liverpool, but a season-long loan was the decision, while Mario Balotelli was recruited to reinforce goalscoring options.
Origi has, however, been able to boast a superior goalscoring record to Balotelli this season - five goals to two - and has, in fact, found the net more than any other Liverpool player during this fledgling campaign.
It will, however, be another six months or so until Liverpool supporters will see the teenaged Belgian running out in front of the Kop and, according to Kjaer, they have plenty of reason to be excited about his future on Merseyside.
- Divock Origi set for Liverpool recall?
- Divock Origi & Marcos Lopes inspire Lille to Ligue 1 summit
- Divock Origi delighted with Liverpool transfer
"He could be a truly great player for Liverpool,” the Denmark international told The Mirror.
"He has got great potential and could become on of the best players in his position.
"Origi is one of the greatest talents I have ever played with in Italy, Germany or France. I have no doubt about his potential.
"He's still very young and it was a clever move to let him mature one more season with Lille, but he's got the complete package - physically, technically and great speed.
"A special thing about him is that he has no real weak spots, which he needs to work on. Instead he can just work on the things he's already good at. That's a huge advantage.
"He's actually pretty versatile. We can use him on both sides and up front as well. Now I have played with Origi for a year and he really seems to have a good mentality. He is a dedicated pro at his young age."
Origi is actually making his first trip to Liverpool this week with Lille facing Everton at Goodison Park in the Europa League, a reverse of the fixture these sides played out two weeks ago, which ended in a goalless draw.