Lille director Jean-Michel Vandamme has dismissed reports suggesting that Divock Origi could return to Liverpool earlier than planned, insisting the forward will remain in France until June 2015.
The Ligue 1 side agreed to sell the Belgian international to the Reds this summer for £10 million following his starring performances at the World Cup, on condition that he would be loaned back to the club for the 2014-15 season.
Both Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have endured slow starts at Anfield, however, while Daniel Sturridge has been sidelined since September after suffering a thing strain while with the England national team.
It has been suggested, therefore, that manager Brendan Rodgers could opt to bring Origi over the channel as soon as the winter transfer window in order to solve the club’s goalscoring issues, but Vandamme has insisted that is not an option, telling reporters: ‘It is impossible. He will stay here until June.’
Origi, 19, has been in solid form so far this season, recording four goals and two assists in 12 total appearances, and revealed earlier this month that Rodgers has been keeping in regular contact with him ahead of his future Premier League switch.
‘The Liverpool manager regularly sends me a text message. They follow me and scouts attend all my games,’ he was quoted on Sky Sports.
‘Rodgers wanted to add me to his squad immediately, but Lille wanted me to stay for one more season. I had no choice. It's not that I don't want to go to Liverpool, I have ambitions.
‘But it's an advantage I'm at Lille for a season where I can continue to develop and play a lot. That's the positive side of the story.’