Ex-Gunner: £10m Liverpool transfer a 'bizarre deal' and they may soon admit failure

Martin Keown says Liverpool may be admitting they got it wrong by bringing Divock Origi back from Lille.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has hit out at Liverpool signing of Divock Origi, and says bringing him back would only compound another mistake.

Origi was signed from Lille in the summer and loaned back to the French side for a season.

Daniel Sturridge's injury has placed the side under pressure in the striking department, and added spotlight on Mario Balotelli, who has failed to deliver since signing.

Keown told The Mail: "I have to say I thought it was a bizarre deal in the first place. They desperately needed a striker and paid for Origi but sent him out on loan.

"If they do end up paying extra to bring him in early, it’s essentially because they spent £16million on Mario Balotelli and that didn’t work.

"Liverpool don’t have a bottomless pit of money, and they can’t play Balotelli and Origi, so much of it will depend on how the Italian does in the next six weeks. If he doesn’t do it, they may think they can’t invest any more time in him. But there’s no guarantee that Origi will be the answer."

The issue with the Origi signing, however is that Lille simply did not want to sell and would only do so on the basis he could stay for an extra year. Their club owner even referenced commercial interests in Belgium, stating he wanted to capitalise on the World Cup hype caused by the teenager.

If Liverpool were to bring him back in January, and Sturridge actually manages to stay fit, they risk him sitting on the bench for half a season, for as Keown points out - Origi is far from the finished article just yet.

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