John Aldridge hoping Divock Origi can shine for Liverpool next season

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The former star does, however, admit that the youngster is more of one for the future than the present.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has told the club’s official website that he is hoping Belgian Divock Origi can shine for the club next season.

The 20-year-old agreed a move to Anfield in July last year after impressing at the World Cup with Belgium, where he kept Everton striker Romelu Lukaku out of the side, and spent last season on loan at Lille. 

There is much hype surrounding the youngster after the Reds' current pool of strikers performed so poorly in 2014/15, with the likes of Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert all failing to establish themselves in the absence of Daniel Sturridge and the offloaded Luis Suarez.

And Aldridge is hoping a fresh face can make a positive impact next season.

"I spoke to a lot of people about him and Simon Mignolet really rates him, so I think it's 'watch this space' really,” he said.

"He's strong, powerful, quick and he has scored goals. He's going to be one of those players who won't start every game but he'll be involved in 50-60 per cent, coming off the bench or starting games.”

As Aldridge alludes to, however, the young forward is definitely one for the future, rather than being the answer to the club’s forward problems next season.

Origi has not enjoyed the best of season’s while on loan with Lille, finishing the season with nine goals and three assists in 37 games and controversially being named in L’Equipe’s worst team of the year.

However, Aldridge is hoping that manager Brendan Rodgers can nurture the player into a star of the future.

"We've bought him very young. He has potential," he added.

“He is one you're looking for the future to be a star. Hopefully Brendan can nurture that and we will see the best of him next year, whether it's as an impact player or he starts a lot of games and scores one in every three games."

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