The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.
Group H was seen as one of the more dour groups at the World Cup before the tournament, but the surprise performances of Algeria made it far more interesting than expected. Belgium ran out group winners as anticipated, but were far less impressive that people thought they would be. Meanwhile, Russia and South Korea both limped out of the tournament without much of a whimper in hugely disappointing tournaments for both sides.
There were a number of players who performed brilliantly in Group H, with many of them coming from Algeria, including goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, midfielder Yacine Brahimi and striker Islam Slimani – but Liverpool should be looking to snap up a player who looks poised to be a leading contender for the Young Player of the Tournament award.
Belgium may have underwhelmed so far, but one of their shining lights of the tournament has been striker Divock Origi. The Lille youngster, who is still only 19, was only selected for the 23-man squad because of an injury to Aston Villa star Christian Benteke, but he has now started the last two games – replacing the off-colour Romelu Lukaku.
In those appearances, Origi has looked bright, using his outstanding turn of pace to trouble opposition defences, and he bagged his first World Cup goal with the winner against Russia at the Maracana. Since then, he has looked lively and dangerous, posing a goal threat in every appearance – which has reportedly attracted Liverpool's attention.
The Reds are believed to be close to securing a deal which will see Origi sign for the club for almost £10m, but he would be loaned out to current club Lille for the season. He's young, fast and dangerous, and embodies everything that the current Liverpool attack have shown. Based on his displays in Brazil, Origi is certainly worth a gamble, and Liverpool must tie up the deal quickly having missed out on a number of players in recent times – before another team takes a punt on Origi's potential.