Liverpool desperate for striking boost, in talks to recall teenage sensation in January

Speculation tonight suggests that Liverpool will negotiate with Lille over the possibility of recalling Divock Origi in January.

Liverpool splashed the cash this summer in order to mount another title challenge, with the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona leaving a huge hole to fill in the Reds' attack. In came Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert for a combined £20m, some way short of the £75m they received for Suarez.

And so far, the difference in price has shown. £16m capture Balotelli has scored just once - against Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League - whilst Lambert has yet to find the back of the net since signing from Southampton, as Brendan Rodgers' side struggle for consistency at this early stage of the season.

Yet Balotelli and Lambert weren't the only strikers signed by Liverpool this summer. They also paid £10m to land Lille striker Divock Origi. The 19-year-old was one of the emerging stars of the World Cup for Belgium, scoring against Russia and in doing so, displacing Everton's Romelu Lukaku from the starting line-up.

With pace to get in behind defences, Origi would be an asset to any team - but Lille would only sell him to Liverpool if they agreed to loan him back to the French side for the season, which Liverpool agreed to. That means he would only join next summer, and with three goals in seven Ligue 1 games, he's already just two goals off his tally from last season.

Now, with Liverpool desperately seeking any kind of attacking boost, it is being reported that the Reds can actually recall Origi in January - if Liverpool, Lille and Origi himsel all agree to that deal.

If Rodgers sees Origi as a legitimate weapon to use up front then recalling him could be the spark Liverpool need, but if he will be sat on the sidelines, a return to Merseyside would only stunt his growth - development that he would receive whilst with Lille.

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