Origi outlines why he came to Liverpool, and which players are exciting him

Jordon Ibe

The Belgium international will leave Lille for the Premier League at the end of the current season.

Divock Origi has probably spent little time in Liverpool since agreeing to join them last summer. 

No sooner was the ink dry on his transfer, the striker was heading back to Lille on loan with the aim of getting more football under his belt, before he joined one of Europe's biggest clubs.

But the young attacker has managed to keep in touch with the club, and speaking on Liverpool's official website this week, Origi stated how important Brendan Rodger's presence was in his agreeing to come to Merseyside, as well as how excited he is at the progress the side's young players have made this season.

"To see the players develop and play in a top league in such a young team, for me it's very exciting," said the Belgian.

"When you see how the coach and the staff work with the young players - how Sterling, for example, has learned over the years and how Ibe is now integrating with the team, it is very interesting. It is very nice to have seen that this season.

"The manager is one of the reasons I came to Liverpool - he's someone who has proven he knows how to work with young players, knows how to develop young players and also lets them play."

If anything, Origi's performances in Ligue 1 this season have underlined that he is very much a work in progress, albeit a prodigiously talented one.

After an encouraging start that saw 3 goals and 2 assists in his opening six games, the 20-year-old found it hard to hit the back of the net for much of the season. However, after a hat-trick against Rennes a month ago again highlighted his ability, and Origi has once more been helping his side climb the table.

The 20-year-old forward of course turned heads at the World Cup in Brazil last season, becoming Belgium's youngest ever goalscorer at that level.

Given his youth, the minutes he has gotten this season (nearly 2700 of them so far) will stand him in good stead for when he arrives at Anfield for good this summer. And given how well Rodgers has developed the two young Englishmen Origi mentioned, it wouldn't be a surprise for the Northern Irishman to solve Liverpool's striker problems with a little more ease than many are predicting.

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