Liverpool striker Divock Origi 'frustrated' at Lille and wants early switch to Anfield

£9.8m summer signing keen to get Liverpool career started

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Divock Origi could inject the boost of a new arrival into Liverpool during the January transfer window if the striker has his wish.

The striker was signed by the Reds during the summer in a £9.8m deal from Lille, but the 19-year-old was immediately sent back on loan to the Ligue 1 side for a season long loan.

The decision to do so was designed to help Origi's development and in 17 appearances this term he has scored four goals.

However Origi is growing frustrated at Lille and during the current international break, in which he has linked up with the Belgian national side, has signalled he would like to cut his loan short and move to Anfield.

“Maybe January, who knows? It is not me who makes the decisions but if the club choose to let me go in January I would go. I would like to join Liverpool then. I said that I would stay for the whole season and I wish to remain honourable in that, of course, but if there was a decision by the clubs, I would not say that I would not like to go to Liverpool in January.

“Brendan Rodgers is in contact regularly. That makes me feel very good and wanted. And although I agreed to stay with Lille until the end of this season, if there was a chance of joining Liverpool sooner I would take it.

“I would love to move to Liverpool sooner rather than later. I am here at Lille, it is fine, they are a good club and they have helped me. But it is also frustrating. It is French football. I can’t wait to be playing in the Premier League because I can now see that it will suit me better.”

It is not yet clear if Liverpool will move to secure the early return of Origi, however their recent struggles in front of goal could make the prospect an appealing one.

With Daniel Sturridge missing most of the season through injury and Mario Balotelli yet to find his groove, more options could be exactly what Rodgers needs, particularly with the club currently languishing 11th in the Premier League.