The Belgian joins the Reds from Lille.
Liverpool have secured their sixth signing of the summer with the £10m purchase of Divock Origi from Lille, with the teenager immediately returning to the Ligue 1 club on-loan for the 2014/15 season.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 29, 2014
Although the Reds have reported the fee for the 19-year-old to be undisclosed, respected BBC Sport journalist Ben Smith has confirmed that the Merseysiders paid £10m for the striker.
#LFC confirm the £10m signing of Divock Origi. He signs a five year deal and goes back to Lille on loan.
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) July 29,
Origi is the club’s sixth new signing of the summer along with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren (all Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen) and Lazar Markovic (Benfica), taking their summer spending to £89m.
This fee doesn’t seem quite so extortionate when it’s considered that they received £75m from FC Barcelona for the services of Luis Suarez though.
Manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Origi can help cushion the blow of the Uruguayan as well, although not until 12 months time with the teenager heading back to France.
“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,” the Belgium international tok,d the club’s website.
Origi came through the youth ranks at Genk in his home nation before joining Lille in 2010 and also impressed at the 2014 World Cup by netting the winner against Russia in the group stage.