Gareth Barry backs Divock Origi to shine in Premier League for Liverpool

The Everton midfielder spoke of his surprise when they faced Lille in the Europa League.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has said he was surprised by the talent that Lille forward Divock Origi showed during the two side's 0-0 draw in the Europa League in France last night.

Origi is currently on loan from Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who have splashed out up to £10 million on the 19-year-old, but had to remain at the Ligue 1 club as part of the deal.

The Belgium international caught the eye as he tried to make a difference against the Everton back line, with every one of Everton's back four having to put up with Origi's pace as Lille searched for their first win of their campaign in Europe.

Barry told the Liverpool Echo: “He certainly surprised us with his pace and how direct he was in the first 15 minutes or so. We’d seen a few clips but until you face someone you’re not sure how sharp they are. I’m sure when his time comes in the Premier League he’ll do a good job.”

If one of Everton's key players is singing the praises of Origi, and thinks he can do a good job in the Premier League next season, it must be music to the ears of Liverpool fans and give them cause for optimism. The Reds are not firing on all cylinders in front of goal so far this season with Daniel Sturridge sidelined through injury, and Mario Balotelli struggling to find any real form.

But it won't be until next season when Origi gets to show what he can do in a Liverpool shirt, as the Reds could only do a deal for the forward by loaning him back to Lille for this season.

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