In an interview with Belgian publication Het Niuewsblad, Divock Origi’s father has stated that there have been no talks between Liverpool and Lille over a possible January switch.
The Belgian international striker signed for the Reds in the summer following an impressive World Cup campaign but remained with Lille for a season-long loan.
It was thought that Brendan Rodgers’ side would have enough cover for the striker and that another year out on loan gaining regular first-team football would be good for his progression.
Yet, after Daniel Sturridge’s long-term injury and Mario Balotelli’s goal-scoring woes, a desperate situation has ensued at Anfield going in to the January transfer window.
The Reds need goals, and as a desperate measure they have been linked with buying Origi out of his season-long loan deal with Lille for a reported £3 million fee.
Origi’s father, Mike, however, says that supposed negotiations between the two clubs to his knowledge have been fabricated and assured reporters that for now his son will remain in France.
“There have been no talks between the two clubs that we’re aware of,” Mike Origi told Het Niewsblad.
“We’re also not thinking about whether a move would be a good thing or not. As of right now, Divock is staying at Lille for the next six months, and there have been no communications that suggest otherwise.”
The 19-year-old has scored three Ligue 1 goals and added a further two assists in 13 starts for Lille this season.
Origi's signing last summer was deemed a big gamble by a number of observers, given that his impressive World Cup campaign followed a rather mediocre domestic season.