Liverpool transfer news, Origi on choosing club, Johnson could look elsewhere in January

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool's summer signing Divock Origi has said he chose to sign for the Reds ahead of several other European clubs, including Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The Belgian forward, who has been loaned back to Lille for this season, is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying there were clubs from at least four countries interested in securing his services.

He said: "Big Spanish, Italian and German clubs wanted me but my dream was to play in the Premier League. I also went to Tottenham but of the clubs interested, I chose Liverpool.

"At the club, everyone knew me, from the person doing the video analysis to the chef. My father told me to choose with my heart and I chose Liverpool and I don't regret it for a minute."

Right-back Glen Johnson is relaxed about his contract situation at Anfield according to the Liverpool Echo.

Johnson is in the final year of his Liverpool contract after failing to agree a new deal in the summer and is free to talk to other clubs in January if he wishes to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club.

He said: "In January I could (talk to other clubs), but I’ll worry about that when January comes.

“At the minute I’m playing for Liverpool and I’m happy here. I’m more than willing to stay. I’ll just concentrate on things here week by week. The manager has picked me so far. That shows he wants me here.”

The Echo's report suggests that Jordon Ibe will go on loan, as has been widely reported over the past week. Both Derby County and Bolton Wanderers are in contention to sign the 18-year-old winger for the season.

They've also given some team news ahead of Sunday's clash with Tottenham, with new signing Adam Lallana now in contention to make his debut whilst Jose Enrique is available for selection.

Jon Flanagan and Johnson are ruled out of Sunday's game, but the Reds are still waiting to see if Martin Skrtel and Alberto Moreno will be fit enough after picking up injuries during Monday's defeat to Manchester City.

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