Liverpool linked Divock Origi impressed as Belgium edged USA in a thrilling extra-time win.
One of the finds of the World Cup, Divock Origi produced another impressive performance for Belgium last night helping them into the quarter-finals.
The 19-year-old had earned a starting spot ahead of Romelu Lukaku thanks to his performances in the group stages, and worked hard to break down a resilient USA defence in last night's second round clash.
He played 90 minutes, with the score 0-0 when he was withdrawn, while replacement Lukaku netted what would prove to be the winner.
Origi has been linked strongly with a transfer to Liverpool after the tournament, with the Reds keen to land him before his star blossoms further and price dramatically increases.
Last night's game was good therefore for them, as Origi showed excellent touches, pace and willingness, but did not score goals which would dramatically hike up his price tag. His overall contribution was however a valuable one.
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Origi was a goal threat, creative, and a real livewire for the USA defence to cope with. For it had not been for excellent goalkeeping from Everton stopper Tim Howard, he surely would have broken the deadlock.
The Mirror reported earlier this week that Liverpool have agreed terms with the Belgian, although a transfer fee with Ligue 1 side Lille is yet to be settled upon.
It has also been suggested that Liverpool could loan Origi back to Lille for the season as part of the agreement, although this is only speculation.
Watching his performance last night, were countless fans of the Reds worldwide who were certainly keen to get the teenage striker into the club as quickly as possible.
Origi is certainly a raw talent, and whether he keeps his starting spot ahead of Romelu Lukaku for Belgium remains to be seen for the quarter-final.
Under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers however there is surely no doubt he can blossom even further, and if the Reds can acquire him for a knockdown price, there will be a lot of happy supporters.
Here is how Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter to Origi's performance against USA:
If and If we sign Origi, what a cracking signing that will be. #LFC— The ArmChair Analyst (@WeGotAspas) July 1, 2014
Please sign Origi #lfc then It'll be SOS for every other prem and CL defence!!— Josiah Kelly (@JosiahKelly1) July 1, 2014
While Origi hasn't looked lethal in front of goal he's clearly very talented and arguably one of Belgium's best tonight. And he's 19!! #LFC— The Cruyff Turn (@sonicmul) July 1, 2014