Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers rules out Divock Origi exit
Brendan Rodgers runs the rule over Liverpool signing Divock Origi
Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the prospect of Liverpool striker Divock Origi moving away from Anfield on loan in the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old linked up with the Merseyside club in the summer after he spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Lille.
The real focus on Divock is goals in games, that is what he’ll be judged on. He obviously hasn’t played so much, but he understands where he is at – coming in to such a big club, he knows he’ll be competing for places
However, Origi, who cost Liverpool a reported £12m in 2014, is yet to make a Premier League start this season.
But Reds manager Brendan Rodgers ruled out the prospect of Origi completing a switch away from the 18-time English champions in the next transfer window.
“He had his loan period last year. This year is about him coming in and adapting,” Rodgers is quoted as saying at his post-match media conference.
“We’ll review where he’s at at the end of the season.”
Origi started Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Bordeaux in their opening Europa League group-stage game, whilst he made substitute appearances against Manchester United and Carlisle United.
And Rodgers, whose been coming under pressure following a sluggish start to the Premier League season, assured concerned Liverpool supporters that Origi was just adapting to his new club.
“It just takes time to adapt,” Rodgers said. “He’s a young player who has excellent qualities.
“The real focus on Divock is goals in games, that is what he’ll be judged on. He obviously hasn’t played so much, but he understands where he is at – coming in to such a big club, he knows he’ll be competing for places.
“For us, it’s about nurturing that talent along and for him, he’s really looking to improve that goalscoring record. That will hopefully come in time.
“He’s a humble guy. He knows where he stands and that he’s here to develop. It’s a big step coming to such a prestigious club.
“He knows he is going to get opportunities working hard every day in training. He has settled in very well.”