If Divock Origi has his way, he’ll be at Anfield earlier than expected.
The Lille striker, signed by Liverpool this summer but loaned back to the French outfit for the season, is in fine form for Belgium, but has struggled a bit for his club.
The 19-year-old admits that he’s been in regular contact with Brendan Rodgers and wants to help out a Liverpool team which has badly missed sold star Luis Suarez and injured forward Daniel Sturridge.
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Lille coach Rene Girard doesn’t plan on letting Origi leave, but The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool would pay an addition $15 million to land Origi in January. That would double the money Les Dogues would land for Origi.
“Although I agreed to stay with Lille until the end of this season, if there was a chance of joining Liverpool sooner I would take it.
“I would love to move to Liverpool sooner rather than later. 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.”
Origi netted for Belgium in its 3-1 friendly win over Iceland on Wednesday, and had a 1 goal and 2 assist performance in the previous round of Euro qualifying. Money talks, and it isn’t absurd to suspect Lille would listen (especially given how many strike prospects they could sign for relinquishing Origi a few months early).