Liverpool continued their impressive summer business by finalising a £10million deal for Lille forward Divock Origi on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old impressed for Belgium at this summer’s World Cup, and while he will remain in France on loan next season, it is clear the Reds have signed a prodigiously gifted footballer.
In the latest in our series looking at the numbers behind a player’s career to date, we take a closer look at Liverpool’s new addition.
45 – The number of club appearances Origi has made to date. All those games have come for Lille, with whom he made his debut in the 2012/2013 season.
7 – The number of goals Origi has scored in his club career. Considering Liverpool’s outlay, it could be argued that they paid over the odds for the forward. But in truth the player is hugely talented and showed in Brazil that he is so much more than just a goal-scorer.
2 – The number of assists he has for Lille. But in time he will no doubt grow into a far more effective player both in terms of goals and assists.
0 – The number of red cards Origi has collected in his club career. When you consider that he has also been booked just once in 45 matches, his temperament is impressive for one so young.
37 – The number of times Liverpool’s new forward has featured for Belgium across a variety of age-ranges. He started with his country’s under-15 side in 2010, impressed most at under-19 level – scoring 10 goals in 19 games – and now has five senior caps to his name.
0 – The number of senior club games Origi has missed due to injury. He may have only made 45 appearances to date, but he has an impressive fitness record and will hope that continues when he finally links up with his Liverpool teammates.
Verdict – Brendan Rodgers has signed another impressive young talent to go with those already at the club. Liverpool have also been smart loaning him back to Lille for the short-term, because Origi still has a lot to learn. But when he does finally arrive at Anfield, the fans could have a new terrace favourite in no time.
All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com