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Liverpool sign Divock Origi from Lille for £10m 

Liverpool have announced the signing of Belgium international Divock Origi from Lille for £10m.

The 19-year-old Belgium international completed his medicalin Boston and signed a long term deal with the Reds. Liverpool have also confirmed that Origi will be loaned back to French club Lille for 2014-15 season. Reports suggest that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers willingness to allow Lille to retain Origi’s services for another season gave Liverpool the upperhand in negotiations. 

Origi is another young exciting talent Liverpool have signed this season. They have already signed Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Lazar Markovic from Benfica. Players like Raheem Sterling, Coutinho, Suso and Jordon Ibe are already at the club. Divock Origi had a good World Cup camapign where he displaced Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku from the starting XI.

‘I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I’m very excited,’ he told the official club website.

‘I was very happy because I know that Liverpool are a big club. I was very excited and knew this could be something big for me.

‘For me, it was my dream to play for a big club. I know Liverpool is a club with a great history, so for me it was perfect.

‘I always watched Liverpool on the TV when I was small and if you see players like Gerrard and Sturridge, it’s exciting to know that you’re going to be playing with them.

‘I watched practically every game of Liverpool’s. They had a great season. You could see there was a great mix of experienced and young players, and a good coach. It was nice to see them play.

‘I am very proud to sign for the club. I’ll give everything for the club, like I did when I was small and did for Lille. I’m hoping we can achieve great things together.’

Brendan Rodgers spoke of his qualities and why he is delighted with another young talent joining the Merseyside outfit.

‘For me, he can be one of the most exciting talents in world football. I genuinely believe that,’ he told the Liverpool website.

‘You see a lot of good players, but this kid – for 19 years of age – he burst onto the scene at the World Cup, but we’d tracked him before that, we’d seen him as a young player playing in the youth internationals. He has everything to be world class.

‘He’s super fast, has a wonderful touch, he’s a good size and is aggressive. What I like, and what I have in other players, is that humility to work hard.

‘I’ve seen enough of him over the course of the last couple of seasons to think this is a kid who, coming into the right environment, can genuinely be world class.

‘He will go back to Lille and play there for the season on loan, but by signing him, we’ll have a wonderful player – not only now when he comes in next season, but also in the future.

‘He can light up world football, for sure.’



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