Belgium international Divock Origi has completed his move to Liverpool for a reported fee of £10 million, signing a five-year deal at the club.
The 19-year-old striker, whose progress has been tracked by the club for several years, will return to Lille on loan next season in order to aid his development and guaranteed first-team football.
Origi finalised his deal in the United States, where the Reds are currently on a pre-season tour, and he spoke of his delight at the move.
“I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I’m very excited,” he said.
“I know it’s a club with a great history, great fans and a lot of great players. For me, Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world and I’m very excited to be part of this great history.”
Origi made his senior debut in 2012, and went on to score 7 goals in 45 appearances for Lille in France’s Ligue 1.
He has represented Belgium from Under-15 level and upwards, winning 7 caps for the national team to date. He scored the winning goal in his side’s victory over Russia at this summer’s World Cup, further enhancing his growing reputation.
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The purchase of the highly-rated youngster sees Brendan Rodgers’ summer of spending continue, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren already acquired. Expect more to come.