On-loan Lille striker Divock Origi has admitted he would like to move to Liverpool in January if the opportunity arises…
It’s no secret that Liverpool’s hopes of scaling the heights of last season have been severely hampered by a lack of goals.
A quick glance at the Premier League table instantly illustrates the point with the lowly Reds, who sit 11th, netting just 14 times in their opening 11 fixtures.
Only two other teams in the top 12 – Newcastle United and Stoke City – have managed less.
The Merseysiders’ return comes in stark contrast to their scoring feats of 2013-14 when 101 goals were notched at an average of 2.66 per game. That rate has more than halved to an alarming 1.27 so far this term.
Without the injured Daniel Sturridge, and the departed Luis Suarez, Liverpool have also drawn blanks on six occasions in their last 14 matches (in all competitions).
In their absence, summer signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have looked ill-suited to the club’s tactics and style of play and Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is almost certain to attempt to address the situation in January.
One option possibly open to him is to bring Belgium international forward Divock Origi to Anfield ahead of schedule.
The 19-year-old was purchased for £10m in July but, as part of the deal struck with Lille, remained on loan with the French outfit.
At present the agreement lasts until the summer but there has been plenty of speculation that Liverpool might try to end it early.
Discussing the matter whilst on international duty this week, Origi remarked: “It’s 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.
“Although I agreed to stay with Lille until the end of this season, if there was that chance of joining Liverpool sooner, I would take it – I would love to move sooner rather than later…
“Rodgers is in contact. That makes me feel very good and wanted. Also the medical staff, they stay in touch for the same reason, telling me they are looking forward to me coming to the club.”
Origi, who scored in Belgium’s 3-1 win over Iceland on Wednesday night, has managed four goals since staying on at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
René Girard’s struggling side currently find themselves 14th in Ligue 1 and on the verge of an early Europe League exit from a group that contains Liverpool’s neighbours Everton.
Origi’s experiences home and away against the Toffees appear to have helped solidify his opinion that English football will be a good fit for his game.
“I’m here at Lille,” he added. “It’s 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.
“I think there are good things waiting for me with Liverpool.”
I’ve seen a lot of Origi over the past few months and in general he looks a very talented footballer. Pace, skill, strength; he can be a real handful. However, goal scoring doesn’t appear to come naturally and I’m not convinced he will be the answer to our present problems. That said, Origi certainly cannot do any worse than the current options are doing! Therefore, if it is indeed possible, bringing him in early would be a smart move and one that will provide Rodgers with a different type of striker to call upon.
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