Could Liverpool eventually lose Belgium’s Divock Origi to Tottenham?

Liverpool are reported to be close to a deal to sign Divock Origi from Lille, but could they still lose the teenager to Tottenham Hotspur?

Much was expected of Belgium heading into the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, but so far they have not really burst into life.

The likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have yet to make a big impact on the tournament, but a certain Divock Origi already has.

The 19-year-old striker has yet to start a match for the Red Devils, but in his three substitute appearances, he has been very impressive.

Against Russia at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, it was his 88th-minute goal that gave Belgium all three points, and on Thursday, it was his saved shot that allowed Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen to score and win the match against South Korea in Sao Paulo.

The Lille striker’s displays in Brazil and his own admission that he would like to play in the Premier League have sparked suggestions that Liverpool could swoop in on him and sign him after the World Cup.

The Reds are reported to have made an offer of £6 million for the youngster and will allow him to stay at Lille on loan for the 2014-15 campaign (click here to read more).

However, as it happens, the Merseyside outfit may have to face a battle with fellow English club Tottenham, who are also reported to be eyeing a move for Origi.

Perhaps to make matters worse for Liverpool – if indeed these reports are to be believed – it appears that Tottenham and Belgium defender Vertonghen could be trying to convince his compatriot to move to White Hart Lane.

‘He has the qualities to play for a good team in the Premier League and I think he shows it every game’, The Express quotes him as saying.

‘He has the qualities to go to a bigger league, but obviously with Lille playing in the Champions League we will see’, he added.

Could Liverpool have lost the race to sign Origi already? After all, Vertonghen is 27 and has been in the Belgium set-up since 2007 so his words will have some effect on a young Origi - if indeed the former Ajax star wants his fellow countryman to move to Spurs.

However, as Vertonghen admits, Origi will want to feature in the Champions League next season. At Lille he can do that; at Spurs he cannot.

Liverpool too will be in the Champions League in 2014-15, and that will make Anfield more attractive to the Belgium international, who will also know the track record Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has in working with talented young players.

Liverpool can also point out to Origi that they are guaranteed of a place in the group stage of the Champions League; Lille are not. Having finished third in Ligue 1 last season, Rene Girard’s side will actually have to go through qualifiers.

Origi was a relative unknown before the World Cup started earlier this month, now he is reportedly being tracked by two of England’s biggest clubs. What a difference three games make!

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