Lille Manager Rene Girard Discusses Divock Origi’s Possible January Exit

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It appears as if Liverpool will have to wait until the end of the season for Belgian striker Divock Origi to return to the club, with Lille manager Rene Girard determined to ensure the forward completes his year-long loan deal.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Origi, with Liverpool’s current crop of strikers having only scored one Premier League goal so far this season – with that coming from Daniel Sturridge prior to his ongoing injury troubles.

Reports on ESPN claim that boss Brendan Rodgers has been investigating the possibility of recalling the teenager in the January transfer window, but those attempts look set to be met with disappointment.

Girard says Origi will remain at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy until May, as initially agreed with Liverpool: “It’s only a rumour. There have been no approaches, as far as I know,” he said.

“It was agreed that Divock spend the year with us. There’s no reason he should leave midway through the season.” Girard also compared Liverpool’s problems in front of goal with his team’s own difficulties, adding: “Us too – we really need him.”

Origi, 19, signed a six-year deal with Liverpool in the summer but was immediately loaned back for the season to Lille, the club where he had established his reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting talents. He has continued to build upon that reputation this season, scoring five times in all competitions.

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