Divock Origi wants Liverpool move in January

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Divock Origi has pleaded for Liverpool to end his loan deal with Lille in January, five months earlier than scheduled.

The Belgian international signed for the Reds in the summer for £10million from the French club, however part of that deal was for the striker to remain playing for the Ligue 1 side for one final season.

Fine form

The 19-year-old has been in fine form for Lille this campaign, having scored five goals so far, and recently netted for his country against Iceland in a 3-1 international friendly victory.

Origi is scheduled to move to the five-time European Cup winners this coming summer, but both he and Liverpool are keen for him to arrive on Merseyside as soon as January.

“Maybe January, who knows?" the teenager told reporters prior to Belgium's clash with Wales in a European qualifier at the weekend.

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"It is not me who makes the decisions but  if the club choose to let me go in January I would go. I would like to join Liverpool then."

"I said that I would stay for the whole season and I wish to remain honourable in that, of course, but if there was a  decision by the clubs, I would not say that I would not like to go to Liverpool in January.

“Brendan Rodgers is in contact regularly. That makes me feel very good and wanted."

"And, although I agreed to stay with Lille until the end this season, if there was a chance of joining Liverpool sooner I would take it. I am here at Lille, it is fine, they are a good club and they have helped me. 

"But it is also frustrating. It is French football. I can’t wait to be playing in the Premier League because I can now see that it will suit me better.”

Anfield solution

It is well documented that Brendan Rodgers' side are struggling for goals this season. Since Daniel Sturridge became injured in September, the Reds have had Mario Balotelli leading the front-line alone.

He's been isolated and not suited to playing up-top solo and has scored just two goals in 13 appearances. The Italian has struggled for form, putting in a number of below-par displays and his lazy attitude has frustrated Kopites.

Likewise, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are yet to get on the score-sheet for the Reds this season and the Reds have netted just 14 goals in the Premier League this season.

Suited style

Liverpool enjoyed so much success last season due to their quick counter-attacking football that killed teams off early, most notably against Arsenal and Everton at home.

The style Rodgers inflicted into his players was mainly based around pace and he had Luis Suarez, Sturridge and Raheem Sterling leading his forward-line who were all rapid.

However, Balotelli prefers the ball into feet to hold-up and he slows the football down and his lack of movement too is a concern.

Blistering pace

Origi is blessed with blistering speed and he could be the answer the Liverpool's problems. We saw his talent when Everton met Lille in the Europa League - he's quick, has excellent ball skills and works hard for his team.

If he, Sturridge and Sterling lead the Reds' front-line, that could be the winning formula for goals to again start firing at Anfield.

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