Is Divock Origi destined to be the big loser from Liverpool signing Christian Benteke?

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Christian Benteke signing for Liverpool will affect Divock Origi - but it is up to him how.

Liverpool new boy Divock Origi has been enjoying first team opportunities in pre-season, having finally joined after his delayed transfer from Lille.

The French side insisted he stayed with them last year on a season long loan, after the Reds struck a deal to sign him.

Now his chance has come, he risks having his playing time decreased by the incoming arrival of international colleague Christian Benteke, with the BBC reporting a deal is done pending a medical.

Origi impressed at the 2010 World Cup for Belgium, leading Liverpool to sign him, but the main reason he was able to blossom was due to an injury to Benteke which kept him out of the tournament.

Competition is fierce

Liverpool are not spending £32 million on Benteke for him to sit on the bench. The striker is seen as a proven commodity in the Premier League, and a player who can lead the line effectively.

If Daniel Sturridge can get healthy and stay that way, the duo are likely to be first choice picks for manager Brendan Rodgers.

Beyond that competition for places remains tough. New signing Danny Ings will want more of a chance than Rickie Lambert got last year, who himself is for now at least, still around.

It's hard to see Fabio Borini remaining a Liverpool player, but Mario Balotelli possesses more of an enigma, to suggest the Reds could still get something out of him.

Origi was not prolific in France last season for Lille, with the 20-year-old failing to hit double figures.

A partnership with Benteke could benefit him, but he remains a raw talent who could be better off going on a season's long loan. That would not have been the case so much before the arrival of the striker from Villa, but if Liverpool want Origi to get acclimatised to the Premier League, a loan may be his best bet for regular football.

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