Does the Liverpool-Origi deal suggest Lambert is a one season wonder?

Divock Origi is all set to join Liverpool - but will spend next season back at Lille on loan.

Liverpool will of course struggle to replace the outgoing striker Luis Suarez for next season, but they have already made some moves to do so.

First of all they of course signed boyhood supporter Rickie Lambert from Southampton. The England international arrived at a cut-price deal - owing mostly to his age.

The 32-year-old arrived at Anfield in June for a fee in the region of £4 million, stating at the time:

"I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn't think the chance would come."

They have also brought in Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic to add a creative threat - but another striker seems like a must. Loic Remy looks all set to join but they are not stepping there - with Divock Origi of Lille set to join.

This morning it was reported that the deal to sign Origi from Lille was finally getting close, after weeks of speculation.

Lille coach Rene Girard has also as good as confirmed the news this weekend, with Origi now said to be in Boston undergoing his medical. But he will not immediately head to Anfield. He will spend next season on loan at Lille - where he will play regular first team football before heading to Merseside in 2015.

But what does that mean for Rickie Lambert?

It would certainly seem that despite the fact he is clearly rated highly by Brendan Rodgers he is only really a stop-gap.

He turns 33 in February and with his age rising season on season it could be Rodgers simply has him in mind until 2015 - when the arrival of a younger model in Origi should end Lambert's first-team regularity.

Lambert however we doubt will mind. One season as a regular for the club you dreamed of playing at the advent of your career? Yeah, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us.

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