The Anfield club signed a partnership agreement with Belgian club Genk in 2010, where both strikers came through the ranks.
Liverpool may well have lost Raheem Sterling this summer, but the Anfield outfit have bolstered their attacking options by bringing Divock Origi back from a loan stint in France and are closing in on the signing of Christian Benteke, as per the BBC.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are said to have met the Aston Villa forward’s £32.5 million release clause, while Origi was signed for £10m, as per The Guardian, last summer after an impressive World Cup.
Although it remains to be seen whether this is money well spent, the powers that be at the Merseyside club will be kicking themselves over a faux-pas that has seen them have to overpay for the pair.
As per the Liverpool Echo, the Anfield outfit signed a four-year co-operation deal with Belgian outfit Genk in 2010, with the idea of being able to get first refusal on any promising players coming through the ranks at the modest club.
Over recent years, Benteke and Origi both have found their feet at Genk before moving on to Villa and Lille respectively.
With Thibaut Courtois also graduating from the Belgian side’s youth team and heading to Chelsea, this arrangement has clearly not been fully utilised.
Had the Reds poached Origi in 2010 instead of seeing him move to France, or intervene in Villa’s 2012 deal for Benteke, the collective transfer fee would have been a fraction of the £42.5 million they have since been willing to shell out.