Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has revealed to the press than he is relieved that Divock Origi has been loaned out from Liverpool this season, with the international boss having been fearful about how the player’s development would be impacted by his summer move, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Belgian international striker burst onto the scene at this summer’s World Cup, scoring from the bench, and soon went on to make a £10 million move to Brendan Rodgers’s side. As part of the agreement, however, he was loaned back to previous club Lille.
Given the relative strength of Liverpool’s forward line, and the fact that Origi remains unproven at club level, Wilmots has said that he is happy to see Origi back at Lille, for the benefit of his national side.
Wilmots told L’Equipe: “I was afraid that at a big club he would not play as much. There he may develop quietly.
“When he came into the national team, no one knew him. But I had great feedback on his mentality and his determination for someone of 19-years-old, when he moved up front.
“For him, the World Cup changed his situation. But I intend to keep his feet on the ground.”
The youngster has started the new season in sensational form for the French side, scoring two goals and providing a single assist since the new season began.