Divock Origi set for early Liverpool return

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Liverpool look set to terminate Divock Origi's loan deal early at Lille and bring the youngster to Merseyside this month, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Origi joined the Reds from the French club this summer for £10 million however part of the transfer clause was that the Belgian played one final season for the Ligue 1 outfit.

But with Brendan Rodgers' side struggling to score goals this campaign, the Liverpool boss is prepared to pay £3 million to acquire the 20-year-old's talent for the remainder of the season.

Needed Firepower

There's no hiding that there has not been enough goals going in at Anfield this season.

Last term, Liverpool fired in 103 goals in the Premier League - more than any other team - however this year are averaging just under 1.5 goals per game.

The loss of Luis Suarez to Barcelona has not helped, likewise the injury of Daniel Sturridge since early September with the pair netting 52 goals between them last season.

Rodgers' new recruits have not done the business either up-top. Mario Balotelli arrived on Merseyside this summer for £16 million from AC Milan and fans were weary how he would perform. Suspicions proved true as the Italian is yet to score in the top flight and has just two goals in all competitions.

Rickie Lambert who joined from Southampton for £4 million in June too has not hit form and has just one Premier League goal to his name. Despite being brought in as a 'Plan B' there have been plenty of times when he has been 'Plan A' due to the poor form of Balotelli.

Raheem Sterling has been a make-do striker of late and although he's been doing okay, he thrives playing slightly deeper and wider.


To bring Origi in for just £3 million could be a potential bargain compared to splashing out a hefty fee for another striker.

The Belgian impressed during the World Cup and has the desired attributes to succeed at Anfield with his pace, power and ball skills that suit Rodgers style of play.

Despite scoring just four goals for Lille this season, he's playing in a team oozed with mediocrity and has been somewhat of a scapegoat due to his talents not being able to be fulfilled. 

End Of The Road For Someone

With Origi being drafted in early and Sturridge set to return soon, it seems that there will be somebody who is on there way out of Anfield.

Add that to the possible purchase of Saido Berahino who is a rumoured transfer target, and it's almost purchasing someone a plane or train ticket away to a new club.

Fabio Borini was not wanted by Rodgers this summer and accepted a £14 million bid from Sunderland for the Italian, however the forward was reluctant to leave. This season, Borini has barely featured and it seems that he will not be getting first-team football on Merseyside any-time soon and will have to move elsewhere to acquire it.

Balotelli has seemingly lost his place in the Reds' starting line-up due to not being able to adopt to the quick, counter attacking style of play encouraged and he too could move back to Italy with Napoli reportedly interested.

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