Brendan Rodgers discusses Divock Origi and reveals injury boost for Liverpool ahead of Villa trip

Divock Origi has been linked with an early arrival at Anfield, which would cut short a loan deal struck with Lille. Brendan Rodgers discussed this and gave an injury update at a press conference ahead of Liverpool's trip to Aston Villa.

Brendan Rodgers has said that discussions are taking place, and are still ongoing, regarding a possible early arrival for Divock Origi at Liverpool.

The Reds have been constantly linked with bringing the Belgian forward to the club early which would cut short the teenagers season-long loan at Ligue 1 side Lille.

Rodgers told reporters: "He's a player that will definitely be here next summer. Whether he'll be here or not in January is something that there has been discussion [about].

"But there is nothing to report on it. The agreement with Lille was for him to stay there. So we'll see how that works.

"But, if not, we've got players here that are developing and working well, and we'll go with what we've got."

He also reaffirmed his stance regarding Mario Balotelli, saying the Italian will not be leaving the club this month after struggling so far this season.

The Liverpool manager gave an injury update on his squad, confirming that Daniel Sturridge is in the final stage of his rehabilitation at Melwood.

"Daniel Sturridge is back and working well. He's obviously not ready to play as of yet but is working well so hopefully in the near future."

Right-back Glen Johnson has returned to training after a groin injury while Adam Lallana is ahead of schedule on his recover from a thigh problem, and along with Steven Gerrard, is contention for Saturday's game against Aston Villa - while Raheem Sterling has returned from his winter break 'refreshed'. 

Jon Flanagan is still sidelined with a long-term knee problem, but midfielder Joe Allen is expected to return to training 'within the next couple of days'.

The Reds' boss added that if Lallana is not available for the game against Villa, then he should be available for the League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday. 

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