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After selling star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a blockbuster £75m deal, Liverpool had to bring in new forwards. Winger Lazar Markovic and centre forward Rickie Lambert should feature immediately, but the signing of Lille's Belgian World Cup star Divock Origi had one eye firmly placed on the future. The 19-year-old will spend this season on loan at Lille before returning to Anfield next summer, but the youngster says he was surprised by the club's interest in him.
"Liverpool followed me for a long time," Origi said. "When I arrived in the offices there, they showed me cassettes of me in the Under-15s. Everyone knew me. I couldn't believe it. When I arrived, I was impressed. Steven Gerrard told me it was a shame that I wouldn't be there straight away as everyone was waiting impatiently for me. That means something. I also saw [Daniel] Sturridge, who was very nice."
The club have also brought in centre back Dejan Lovren, playmaker Adam Lallana and holding midfielder Emre Can this summer, with the club looking to go improve on last season's second place finish. However, former Reds midfielder Jason McAteer says Liverpool won't win the Premier League this season.
"There’s a lot of optimism around Anfield after last season," McAteer said. "The bench in particular will have a lot more depth this year, but I think that they will struggle to win the title. City have strengthened and José [Mourinho, Chelsea boss] has his team built after some brilliant additions. I think Liverpool will contest, but winning the league will be a stretch. I’d like to see a good Champions League run, it’s obviously great for the club to be back in the competition, and I’d like to see some silverware, I’d like to see them win a cup."
Elsewhere, the club are finally set to sell goalkeeper Jose Reina. The Spaniard was displaced last summer by Belgian international Simon Mignolet, and spend last season on loan at Napoli. However, a return to Italy won't be on the cards, with Reina set to link up with compatriot Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, where he will play as second choice to Manuel Neuer.