The Belgian striker admitted that he would happily move to Liverpool in January.
Divock Origi wants a move to Anfield in January but accepts an early arrival in the Premier League can take place only with the consent of French club Lille. The 19-year-old Belgium striker is due to complete his move to Liverpool next summer but with the Reds struggling for goals so far this season, Origi is open to making a move earlier than expected if his present club allows him to do so.
“Maybe January, who knows?” Origi said. “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 honorable 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.”
“Although I agreed to stay with Lille until the end of this season, if there was that chance of joining Liverpool sooner, I would take it – I would love to move sooner rather than later.”
“I’m here at Lille. It’s 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.”
“I think there are good things waiting for me with Liverpool.”
Despite signing a number of big-money attacking reinforcements in the summer, Liverpool have struggled to find the net since Daniel Sturridge was injured back in August leading to rumors that Origi would be recalled early from his loan to tackle this situation.
“Liverpool have a team with a lot of talent, with a lot of good players and a very good coach. But they have had a lot of injuries and this has not helped them.”
“It is difficult when you do not have a player like Daniel Sturridge. I believe they just have to be more efficient but I also believe that it is only a matter of time before it comes.”
Origi, who was signed by Liverpool from Lille in a £10 million transfer in July, scored a fine goal against Iceland on Wednesday and has registered three goals and two assists for struggling Lille in Ligue 1. It is unlikely that the French side would release one of their key performers in mid-season but Origi pulled no punches in stating his desire to join the Reds sooner rather than later.
“[Liverpool manager] Brendan Rodgers is in contact. That makes he feel very good and wanted. Also the medical staff, they stay in touch for the same reason, telling me they are looking forward to me coming to the club.”
Lille director Jean-Michel Vandamme said last month that it would be “impossible” for Origi to join Liverpool before next summer.