Jul 31, 2014

    Liverpool's signing on loan to Lille


    LIVERPOOL announced on Tuesday the signing of 19-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi from Lille, but said they will loan him back to the French side for the 2014-15 campaign.

    "I am very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I'm very excited," Origi told the Liverpool website.

    He travelled to the United States, where the Reds are on a pre-season tour, in order to complete the deal. The club did not disclose the length of his contract.

    After a breakthrough campaign with Lille in 2013-14, Origi impressed for Belgium at the World Cup, scoring an 88th-minute winner against Russia in the group phase to send his team into the last 16.

    He is Liverpool's fifth close-season signing, following the arrivals of the former Southampton trio of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, and German midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

    "The fact that we have a young team and can grow is the most exciting part," Origi said.

    Liverpool start the new season at home to Southampton on Aug 17.