New Liverpool signing Divock Origi has revealed that Steven Gerrard is disappointed he won’t be at Anfield for the coming season.
The Reds recently tied up a £10m move for the Belgian youngster, but as part of the deal he will stay at Lille on loan until next year.
Origi, 19, starred for his nation at the World Cup, and is considered to be one of Europe’s top teenage strikers.
Liverpool successfully fought of a host of clubs, including Tottenham, to land him, and the youngster says that Gerrard told him that he would have liked the chance to play alongside him in the coming months:
“Steven Gerrard told me it was a shame I could not be here immediately, and they were expecting me with patience. I also met Daniel Sturridge – that was nice.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
Origi is a relatively unknown talent in England, but the player himself says that he was flattered by the extent Liverpool have been tracking his progress:
“Liverpool followed me for a long time. When I was in the offices, they showed me my caps when I was under 15,
“Everyone knows me, I could not believe it.
“[Rodgers] wants me to become one of the best players in the world.
“What I have experienced so far is amazing. Liverpool wanted me immediately but I still have to work.”