Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the club are taking considerable steps to ensure Divock Origi is prepared for the Premier League when he makes the move from Lille next summer.
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 French outfit for the 2014-15 season.
Recording four goals and two assists in 16 appearances so far this season, the promising forward has received mixed reviews for his performances, but Rodgers has explained how the club are already helping him in his development through analysing events from Melwood.
‘We're in regular contact with the kid, he's a wonderful talent,’ he was quoted on the club’s official website.
‘I get all of his games downloaded from our recruitment team. We're in contact, which is great, and we're helping him with his game.
‘He's a big talent for someone so young and we're looking at aspects of his game.
‘When he plays in France, we get a download of the game here, analyse that and then feedback to him on areas he can improve in the game and what he's doing very, very well, so when he comes into here next summer he's prepared and we know the areas of his game that are his strengths.
‘Hopefully in this time, he can improve in other areas.’
The 19-year-old Origi won’t in fact be far from his future home ground on Thursday night, with his Lille side taking on Liverpool’s neighbours Everton at Goodison Park in the Europa League, but Rodgers has ruled out a meeting.
‘No, we have to respect that he's concentrating for his club and his team tonight,’ he added.
‘They have an important game and we have to respect that.’