Friday December 19th, 2014

Liverpool striker Divock Origi could return to the club from a season-long loan with Lille in January, AFP reports.

Origi, 19, signed with Liverpool for £10 million before this season, but was then loaned to Lille for the season. He previously played for Lille before drawing attention for his play in the 2014 World Cup for Belgium.

According to the report, the loan allows Liverpool to pay £4.7 million to end Origi's loan in January. The original loan terms were accompanied by a clause that should Liverpool need attackers, they could bring back Origi.

With Daniel Sturridge out and Mario Balotelli not playing well, Origi's services are needed.  

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Rumors had begun to swirl recently that Origi could be headed back to Liverpool, although Lille boss Rene Girard downplayed them as best he could. The club's financial difficulties made the move enticing for Lille.

In 15 Ligue 1 appearances this season for Lille, Origi has scored three goals. 

Liverpool, which lost to Manchester United on Sunday, is 6-3-7 on the season and in 11th place in the Premier League.

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Jack Jorgensen

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