Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and now-pundit Jermaine Jenas believes Liverpool have a star in the making on their hands in Divock Origi, after witnessing the Lille forward take on Everton in their Europa League clash.
Lille 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.
He has since been in mixed form, recording four goals and two assists in 13 total appearances, but, despite failing to find the back of the net on Thursday, Jenas is adamant that the 19-year-old prospect will be a huge hit in the Premier League.
‘He got off to an absolute filer [against Everton],’ he told ITV. ‘He’s making menacing runs all over the place and dragging Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka everywhere.
‘He showed one bit of great skill when he came up against Leighton Baines and impressed us all night. He was an ever-willing runner.’
With both Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert enduring slow starts at Anfield, and Daniel Sturridge still out injured, it has been suggested 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.
Lille director Jean-Michel Vandamme has since shot down that idea, but Jenas believes the club will still pull out all the stops to make something happen, labelling the promising front man the polar opposite of Balotelli.
‘He’s a real bright spark and I wouldn’t be surprised if Liverpool are on the phone in January to try to bring him back,’ he said.
‘It just shows what a little bit of effort and willingness can do for a team. It’s exciting for Liverpool fans to know that their club is getting him at some point.’