Liverpool Transfer News: Divock Origi Would Be Solid Signing for Future

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Belgium's Divock Origi (17) reacts after being fouled during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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As Liverpool prepare to embark on a post-Luis Suarez world, the club are looking to the transfer market to replace their star man's 31 goals and general impact on a game. 

That's easier said than done, of course, and stars of his impact aren't regularly made available on the market. But one player the Reds appear to be close to landing is Lille and Belgian youngster Divock Origi, a player who clearly has a bright future. 

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has more:

However, Origi has yet to confirm anything, as he told reporters when questioned in his hometown of  Houthalen-Helchteren, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

"I myself am still thinking about it," he said. "It is true that there are offers from all over Europe. Now I have to look carefully where I will grow as a player and as a person. I think things will be clearer within two weeks at the most."

There's no doubt that the 19-year-old has immense talent and potential. In 30 appearances (12 starts) in Ligue 1 play, he scored five goals and earned a 6.51 average match rating from But he really impressed in the World Cup for Belgium, appearing in five games (two starts), scoring a goal and earning a 6.94 average match rating.

That he could relegate the talented Romelu Lukaku to the bench for two matches speaks highly of his potential. 

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And it appears Liverpool are interested in improving their roster by infusing it with young talent. Along with Origi, 20-year-old Lazar Markovic appears likely to join the Reds, and 20-year-old midfielder Emre Can already has. 

Add them to a transfer list that also includes Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, and a very busy summer on the market for Liverpool is unfolding.

What else seems to be unfolding is a strategic shift. While Brendan Rodgers employed two strikers last year to utilize both Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, an emphasis on adding wing players seems to indicate the team will be going to a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation, with Sturridge playing as the lone striker. 

In that approach, one would imagine the team would be built around Sturridge and Raheem Sterling on the right, with Lallana the incumbent on the left wing.

That might mean Lambert will be used to deputize Sturridge next year, while a player like Origi could be utilized either as a forward or out wide, given his dangerous pace. Regardless of where Origi is played in the present if he chooses Liverpool, there's no doubt that his addition is as much about the future as it is about the present. 

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But is that the right approach for a team that has just reached the Champions league? The question for Liverpool is simple—are they using the money they've gained from reaching the Champions League and the money they'll likely gain by selling Suarez properly?

Last summer, Tottenham sold their best player, Gareth Bale, to Real Madrid for €100 million. That left them a huge war chest to go and chase other talented players, which they used to bring aboard Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches.

While some of those players performed well for the club, the feeling about the club last year was that they had replaced a world-class player with a slew of pretty good ones, leaving them without a central star to build around. 

It might be dramatic to suggest they suffered in the process, but they only finished sixth and once again missed the Champions League. 

The point of this trip down memory lane is to point out that Liverpool, thus far, seem to be taking a page out of Tottenham's book. There aren't any stars in this group, at least not at this stage in their careers.

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Lallana will give them a creative presence, yes, but he's not a player you build a team around. Origi, Markovic and Can are all exciting talents, but how much will they help Liverpool right away?

Of course, Liverpool might yet have their cake and eat it too. They might be able to stockpile younger talent and add a star man or two. If that's the case, then a player like Origi has to be viewed as a real steal if Liverpool nab him.

There's no doubt he's one for the future. But if the likes of he and Markovic are the last big signings to come, it will be interesting to see if Liverpool have the horses to replicate their top-four finish from a year ago.


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