Liverpool should use the money on Lille teen Divock Origi elsewhere

Brendan Rodgers

The mooted €11-13million deal for the Belgian international is strange when the funds could be used for areas of more concern such as a leaky defence.

 

After a report in The Times last night suggested Divock Origi was close to a move to Liverpool from Lille the immediate thought that came to mind was of FSG sticking to their principles by investing in youth once again.

 

Yet when rumours concerning details of the deal came to light, namely the exorbitant fee and idea of a loan arrangement there were immediately questions to ask.

 

How could Liverpool be willing to pay as much as €10+million, if true, for a relatively unproven youngster and what's more, allow him to stay at Lille for another year on loan?

 

Well it is understood the Anfield club had scouts watch Origi last season and were suitably impressed.


His performances for Belgium at the World Cup subsequently have only confirmed his growing stature in the game.

 

All of which means his value has undoubtedly increased. And therein lies the problem. Were he available at a more reasonable €7-8million price then as an investment at least, Liverpool would be well within their rights to put up the money.

 

As it is Origi is now in truth overpriced. He may indeed become a great player but he is not currently what the Reds require.

 

They are struggling to match the £20 million fee set by Sevilla for left-back Alberto Moreno, bidding £4 million less. Why not use some of the money allocated for Origi for Moreno?

 

Jose Enrique and John Flanagan are not the long-term solution for a position that has been problematic for Liverpool a long while now.

 

Moreno could potentially solve this issue for many years to come and in the process help Brendan Rodgers overcome they costly defensive mistakes of last season.

 

It is not too simplistic to say that should Liverpool concede less next time round while maintaining their attacking thrust they could be crowned as Premier League champions.

 

In the end perhaps Liverpool are simply looking to get Origi early so as to beat the competition. They may feel they have potentially something special on their hands.

 

After all, Origi is rated as a better prospect than both Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke by some Belgian football observers.

 

Nevertheless Liverpool's long wait for a Premier League title surely must come to an end sooner rather than later. For that to happen a process of prioritisation should take place, where defence is the order of the day.

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