Origi's future has long been the subject of speculation but the Echo's report is perhaps the most concrete sign so far that Liverpool mean business when it comes to terminating the 19-year-old's loan at Lille.
The Reds are not said to have agreed terms yet but initial discussions are encouraging enough for the club to be confident a deal will go through this January.
Liverpool bought Origi for £10 million last summer, immediately re-loaning him to Lille.
However, despite the move in the past perhaps looking desperate or unwise, the deal now looks as though it will benefit both player and club.
For the Anfield side themselves, an extra striker will not harm them at all, especially when he will cost them just £3m instead of an astronomical fee. With Daniel Sturridge hopefully back from injury, a new striker may not even be that much of a necessity - so it would be wiser to bring Origi on than to waste another £16m like the Mario Balotelli deal.
And yet the biggest benefit will be to the player himself. Origi will be nowhere near the star player Liverpool need to transform their campaign but the 19-year-old is currently going nowhere at Lille, with his form tailing off and fans even booing him at stages this season. For his development, joining up and training with the Liverpool squad now will be the best possible outcome.