Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confessed that he’s already looking forward to being able to call upon Belgian strike star Divock Origi next summer.
The 19-year-old hit-man was snapped up by the Reds in a £10m deal over the summer from Lille, but a part of the agreement with the French side saw him loaned back to the Ligue 1 outfit for the current campaign.
Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes and the struggles of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert led to suggestions that Liverpool were keen to pay a fee to cut that spell short and bring him to the Premier League early, but a possible deal evaded the club.
Although still a teenager, Origi shone for his nation at the World Cup over the summer – scoring a vital goal against Russia – and has since been regularly chosen ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku to lead the line for his nation.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Rodgers revealed that it was tempting to push for a deal to get the youngster to Anfield over the winter and that he’s excited about working with him when he arrives in around six months’ time:
“It was (tempting to agree a deal), but knowing we would not have him this season was something I had resigned myself to in the summer.
“Of course, at the beginning of the season when we were looking for goals and needed that pace and pressure at the top of the field it is you something you look at and hope you had him here.
“I always knew though he was going to be there for the season, it was very clear in the contract, and I look forward to getting him in the summer.”