Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that summer signing Divock Origi will turn out to be world class in the future, having brought the player to the club from Lille shortly after his involvement at this summer’s World Cup, as reported by the Daily Star.
The striker returned to Lille on loan for the season, and Rodgers has also revealed that he would have been happy to have kept him in this year’s squad.
However, part of the agreement to bring Origi in saw him depart for the season.
In fact, Rodgers has admitted that the only way they could agree a transfer was by agreeing Lille could keep the striker for another season.
Rodgers said: “It’s no good now, I know, but we took a player in Divock Origi who we believe will be world class.
“We will get him next summer. Now he is a top player.
“He has everything — the speed, the profile and so on.
“But we couldn’t bring him in now and that was unfortunate because he can run in behind, he can keep the ball, press and run but that was part of the deal.
“There were very few top-class forwards who were available.”
Liverpool have lacked fluidity thus far this season, and their striking options have been pointed out as a reason behind this.
Daniel Sturridge’s injury while with England has impacted the side, with Mario Balotelli struggling to settle.