Divock Origi stunned by level of depth Liverpool’s scouting team went to

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Liverpool’s new teenage striker Divock Origi has told a French newspaper about the sheer amount of research the club had done before signing him this summer.

Video: Divock Origi speaks about his Liverpool move

Origi completed a £10 million move from Lille last week, but will spend 2014/15 at the French side continuing his football development.

The Belgian international enjoyed a successful World Cup campaign in Brazil, before returning to Europe to meet Liverpool officials.

Speaking to French sport daily L’Equipe, 19-year-old Origi spoke of his surprise at how much they already knew about him.

“Liverpool followed me for a long time,” Origi told the paper, with quotes picked up by the Daily Mail. “When I arrived in the offices there, they showed me cassettes of me in the Under-15s. Everyone knew me. I couldn’t believe it.

“When I arrived, I was impressed. Steven Gerrard told me it was a shame that I wouldn’t be there straight away as everyone was waiting impatiently for me. That means something. I also saw [Daniel] Sturridge, who was very nice.”

Having returned to France for pre-season training with Lille ahead of their Ligue 1 campaign, Origi now says game time is top of his agenda.

“Last year, I scored on my Ligue 1 debut before dropping out of the team a little later,” he added.

“That pushed me to work harder. I want to play a run of games, establish myself in the team, improve, discover European competition.”

Origi scored five goals in 29 league games for Belgium last season, though many were second-half substitute appearances.

Fan Comments