Liverpool morning news, Reds count cost of potential early Origi arrival

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Daniel Sturridge's freshest injury setback may hit Liverpool in the pocket as they seek to bring Divock Origi to the club earlier than expected.

Sturridge was yesterday ruled out for a further six weeks after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury which is likely to keep him out until the New Year. The injury means that Sturridge will have only played three games out of 28 for the Reds in the first half of the season - and given his injury record since arriving at Anfield, Liverpool are keen to bring in Origi early in order to relieve the pressure on their current strikers.

Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert have yet to register a Premier League goal between them this season.

The Liverpool Echo reports that Liverpool will have to spend an extra £3 million to land Origi in January, as the Reds had to allow the Belgian teenager to stay at Lille for a season on loan as part of a £10 million deal - though the Echo's report says Liverpool are prepared to pay 'whatever it takes' to make it happen.

The Daily Mirror reports that it will cost £5 million for the Reds to bring Origi to the club in the winter, with Lille insistent that he will stay in France for the remainder of the season. They will be keen to keep hold of the promising teenager for the duration of the loan as they're currently struggling in the bottom half of Ligue 1.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Liverpool have shown interest in Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, but any interest is likely to be thwarted by the club offering him a new contract at St Mary's.

The Reds currently have three right-backs at their disposal - though it looks increasingly likely Glen Johnson will leave in the summer as the contract on offer doesn't seem to appeal to him according to several reports.

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