Liverpool’s Divock Origi feels he is a better player for having spent another season at Lille

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The Belgian has returned from his loan spell this summer and is keen to improve further.

Liverpool’s Divock Origi feels he is better now than he was when the Reds signed him last summer, according to the Mirror.

Brendan Rodgers snapped up the Belgian international in 2014 on the back of an impressive showing at the World Cup finals, but sent him back out on loan to Ligue 1 side Lille - the side he was acquired from - so as to aid his ongoing development.

He has returned to Anfield for pre-season and is likely to see increased game time in 2015/16 after the likes of Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini struggled in his absence, while Daniel Sturridge’s long-term fitness issues are yet to be resolved.

Origi made a goal-scoring debut in Thailand this week in a 4-0 win over Thai All Stars and insists he is ready to make his mark with a Premier League employer.

“I am a better player than a year ago when Liverpool decided to sign me,” the Mirror reports him as saying.

“At this stage of my career I am learning a lot of things. I just feel that now I am at the right moment and at the right place to be able to become a really good player.”

Too soon to be a regular goalscorer

While Origi is certainly an exciting prospect, it is almost definitely too soon for Liverpool to be relying on him being a regular goalscorer next season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to be aware of that as well, with the Belgian youngster expected to see more minutes from the bench and in cup games than as a starting player, a situation Danny Ings may also find himself in.

The goal scoring burden looks set to be placed on the shoulders of Daniel Sturridge then, who the Reds will be hoping can return to full fitness sooner rather than later ahead of next season.

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