After Liverpool’s less than perfect start to the season, there has been rumours circulating that Brendan Rodgers may try and re-call Divock Origi in January to help fire the Anfield side up the league. In order for the loan deal to be cut short, all three parties would have to agree, and with Lille’s current situation in Ligue 1, that would seem very unlikely.
If Liverpool fans think they are struggling, they should talk to their friends across the pond. Although Lille are sitting fourth in the league, they return to action this weekend after a 3-0 loss to Lyon and knowing they have only scored seven goals in nine games.
All of Lille’s attacking promise comes through the Belgian teenager, and René Girard is replying on Origi’s goals and overall attacking play to try and get the best out of this side.
Origi has been far from his best, but he has still been one of Lille’s better players this season. Goals against Caen, Nantes and Bastia, plus the assist in the 2-0 win over Nantes means that he has been involved in 57% of all Lille’s goals. He also scored the penalty that won them a point away at Wolfsburg in the Europa League.
Girard was happy to let Salomon Kalou sign for Hertha BSC this summer due to Origi’s return, which put pressure on the young forward to perform and left Lille with a very young strike force.
For Lille to let him go, it would leave them with Nolan Roux – a mis-firing, inconsistent striker, Michael Frey – a 19-year-old Swiss striker that only joined on deadline day and the likes of Ronny Rodelin and Ryan Mendes, two players who have never looked the quality to start in Ligue 1.
Letting Origi return to Liverpool would all but concede any chance of Lille finishing in the top three, even the top five the way this season is going. The club cannot afford to just give up any chance of the money that would come with at least reaching the Europe League.
Liverpool may need Origi to help their season, but it is Lille that needs him most, it would take a special deal that would see the French club agree to the move.