He may not have linked up with his new Liverpool pals yet, but Divock Origi is sure he will only improve when he does arrive on Merseyside.
The Reds paid around £10million to take the 19-year-old from Lille during the summer, beating off interest from rivals clubs including Tottenham Hotspur. Brendan Rodgers has loaned the Belgian international back to the French club so he can continue his development, having scored five goals in 30 Ligue 1 games last season.
Origi has already got off the mark this term, hitting the only goal of the game at Caen last month, and he continues to play his part in the national side. The teenager was involved in the 2-0 friendly win over Australia on Thursday night, and Fox Sports pundit and former Anfield ace Stan Collymore tweeted: ‘Liverpool fans, Origi is ready. I’m telling you.’
When he does join up with the Liverpool squad ahead of the 2015/16 season, the youngster will likely be battling it out with the prolific Daniel Sturridge, local boy Rickie Lambert, and £16million Mario Balotelli for a place in attack. Yet with players of such calibre sharing the same training ground, Origi is confident he will improve as a player.
“Always with big teams there is competition, but it’s also nice to have big players there so you can learn from them and grow and so you can play when the time is right,” the Ostend-born forward told Sky Sports News HQ. “I will go there with a lot of patience and I know I’m going to learn a lot of things with the great players that are there.
“Of course there was a lot of interest which is normal. It was on me to stay calm and make the right decision. In the end I chose Liverpool and I have never regretted it. I think they welcomed me very well. This showed me a little bit about the history of the club and their philosophy so it was very interesting. At the end, I think it was the right choice.”
Origi, who began his career as a youth team player in his homeland with Genk, has represented his country eight times and has scored once. This goal came in dramatic circumstances, when bagged a late winner against Russia in the World Cup Finals, and in doing so became the youngest Belgian to score in the history of the competition.
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