Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Divock Origi will stay put on loan at Lille till the end of the season.
The Reds signed Origi from Lille in a £10million deal, which would also see the Belgian spend a season on-loan at the Stade Lille-Metropole.
Earlier, reports suggested that the Northern Irishman intended to recall the Belgian from his loan spell with the Ligue 1 club, and were even ready to fork out £3million to secure his services six months earlier than planned.
Rodgers has now insisted that his spell will not be cut-short, also revealing that there were indeed talks to bring the former Genk man back.
Talking to talkSPORT. , Rodgers said,“There were a few discussions to see where it was at but the likelihood is that he will stay at Lille.”
“He’s a really exciting young talent. He’s got everything.
“He’s well suited to the Premier League – he’s fast, got great feet, tactically he’s very good and he works very hard.”
“He can play through the middle or from the side. He’s also a humble kid.
“We’ll get him in the summer and he will be an exciting young player for us.”
The Reds were in desperate need of attacking options, with strikers Mario Balotelli struggling and Daniel Sturridge out injured. But the timely return to form of striker Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini’s determination to prove himself and fight for his place with the Anfield club meant the club opted against recalling Origi.
Liverpool also have been boosted by the imminent return of striker Daniel Sturridge, who will be fit by the end of the month, the Liverpool manager affirmed.
“Obviously it’s been very difficult for us because Daniel is a top class player and he’s been out since August,”
“But he’s working very hard on his rehab and we’re hoping by the end of this month he will be back.”, he said.
Rodgers further added that the Merseyside club are set for a quiet winter transfer window, despite being linked to several arrivals.
“I think it will be quiet,”
“I said earlier in the window we wouldn’t be doing much over the course of January.
“Players get linked with Liverpool all the time with agents looking to get them a move.”
Origi, 19, was part of Belgium’s World Cup squad, helping his nation to reach the quarter-finals, scoring one goal.