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Reports: Could Liverpool land Origi early? He’d love a January move

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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.

From OffthePost:

“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).

Lille 0-0 Everton: Toffees stay unbeaten in Group H

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Although a draw is less desirable than a victory, Everton can rest easy with their 0-0 result against Ligue 1 squad Lille, as Roberto Martinez’s side remains unbeaten and at the top of Group H in the Champions League group stage.

Lille had the better start to the match, which was Tim Howard’s first clean sheet in Europa League play this season.

Sebastien Corchia ripped a strike that nicked Phil Jagielka in the early stages, and midfielder Florent Balmont strove for a dangerous cross, but Simon Kjaer and Marko Basa couldn’t convert the endeavor.

In the end, both squads didn’t find a great deal of scoring chances, though they had a couple excellent opportunities each. Nineteen-year-old Divock Origi, actually on lean from Liverpool, zipped a shot from outside the box to nearly break the scoreline for the Great Danes.

Then, about ten minuets later in the 65th minute, Romelu Lukaku put Aiden McGeady through, and a one-on-one encounter with goalie Vincent Enyeama failed, as the Nigerian netminder managed to tip away the quickly-tapped effort before it was cleared.

Former Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o utilized smart combination play with Steven Pienaar, and then couldn’t corral the ball to threaten Lille in front of the net.

Ronny Rodelin missed what would have been a highlight reel goal, and Idrissa Gueye whipped around and sent his try inches away from the iron.

Everton lead Wolfsburg by a point, and Lille sit in the group’s third spot, boasting three points.

What they said post-game (BBC Sport)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: “I was pleased in terms of players [six changes] coming in and performing to a high standard, but I think the pitch didn’t help either side – I think with a better pitch, we would have seen a lot more brilliant attacking football from both. I think all-in-all a draw was a fair result.”

Lille manager René Girard: “We are satisfied to have been able to compete with Everton. Once again we lacked a goal to get a win, but I was really satisfied with the football we produced.”