Is Liverpool's January pursuit of Divock Origi a sign of desperation?

Origi has said he would like to go to Liverpool as soon as possible, whilst the Reds are trying to recall him before his loan deal with Lille expires.

Liverpool's on loan striker Divock Origi may be on his way to Anfield earlier than anticipated after quotes emerged that he would like to move to Merseyside before the end of the season - and with the Reds prepared to offer a fee on top of the £10 million paid for the 19-year-old for his services.

In order to secure the services of the Belgium international in the long-term, the Reds had to agree to loan him back to the Ligue 1 club for the season, but with the Reds struggles in front of goal, combined with the teenager's wishes, it is now a possibility he could be at Anfield at the turn of the year. 

The struggles of Mario Balotelli in front of goal are well documented for the Reds, having only scored twice since his £16 million arrival from AC Milan - and the absence of Daniel Sturridge through injury for much of the early part of the season has made things increasingly difficult for Liverpool in front of goal. It must be said, neither Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini have registered their first goal this season.

So, are they resting their hopes on a player who undoubtedly has talent, but still has much to learn?

The strategy of relying on Daniel Sturridge being the man to fire Liverpool to success this season has already had its flaws widely exposed, and the failure to purchase a mobile, pacey striker who was going to be at the club right away was a massive oversight. You can argue that Origi is still young and has a lot to learn, but he prefers a quick, attacking outlet that allows the side to get on the front foot.

But what if Sturridge gets injured again, and the onus falls on the 19-year-old to deliver for the Reds? Or is this a way to find a player who can develop during his time at Anfield, provide adequate cover to Daniel Sturridge, and can perhaps be the perfect strike partner for Mario Balotelli - who seems to prefer to play in a front two rather than leading the line on his own. 

Liverpool would be stupid to not at least look at the option, but it does show at least one huge error was made in the summer when it came to strengthening [or not] their forward line.

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