Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Belgium international Divock Origi. Spurs are also interested but Liverpool lead the race.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) June 25, 2014
Here is a scouting report on Origi, a 19-year-old, 6'1", 165-pound Belgian international.
Grading Origi vs. Argentina: F
Origi failed to test Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero during Belgium's 1-0 defeat at the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.
Leading the line, Origi spent more time shadowing Argentine centre-backs Ezequiel Garay and Martin Demichelis than running at them.
Not contributing to Belgium's build-up play was another glaring flaw in Origi's performance.
What further exacerbated Origi's unsatisfactory display was substitute Romelu Lukaku providing more impact as Belgium mounted a comeback.
Starting up front and able to slide out wide, Origi is one of the best French-based footballing prospects, per French Football Weekly.
Origi possesses outstanding size, has a rangy playing style and shot on target 72 percent of the time, per Squawka.com.
Sprinting past Lorient centre-back Bruno Ecuele Manga, Origi curled the ball past an advancing Lorient goalkeeper in Fabien Audard.
Shifting Evian Thonon Gaillard utility player Daniel Wass to the outside, Origi promptly cut in and heftily struck the ball into the bottom corner.
Origi ghosted in with a well-timed run behind Monaco's line of defence and hit a shot past a scrambling Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
Displaying shooting range, Origi rocketed a shot past Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, only to have a goal rebuffed by the crossbar.
Origi has traits which suggest he can develop into a complete No. 9, as pointed out by French football writer Andrew Gibney.
"What he [Origi] does do very well is stretch a defence," Gibney wrote, per French Football Weekly. "He will run the channels, and then use his size and pace to glide past defenders."
This was demonstrated when Origi faced Marseille centre-back Lucas Mendes and zipped past the defender.
Origi floats in and out of games.
He went on a five-game and a 15-game run without scoring in Ligue 1 last season.
Amid the hype, he is not a bona fide star (yet) and was not the most productive European-based teenager in an attacking position.
|League Only||Club||Age||Games/Starting %|
|Domenico Berardi||Sassuolo ||19||29/89.7|
|Keita Balde Diao||Lazio||19||25/56.0|
|Richairo Zivkovic||Groningen ||17||33/48.5|
|Stipe Perica||NAC Breda ||18||25/20.0|
|League Only||Goals||Shots Per Goal||Assists||Key Passes Per Game||Dribbles Per Game|
 Co-owned by Juventus.
 Since signed by Ajax.
 Chelsea loanee.
If Liverpool sign Origi, it would be more beneficial for his development if he was loaned back to Lille.
Divock Origi on his way to Liverpool too (not physically obviously). Should be loaned back to Lille. Great business for all three parties.— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) June 27, 2014
Going by the eye test, Origi is a stud and should transition into a world-class centre-forward.
But statistically speaking, he is in line with other exceptional teenage footballers, which dampens the hype around him.
What Liverpool's front office need to figure out is if Origi's career will nosedive like Milan Baros and Ryan Babel.
The latter two arrived at Liverpool as Wunderkinds but never fulfilled their potential.
Statistics via WhoScored.com