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Liverpool goalkeeper relishing link-up with Belgian international teammate next season

Simon Mignolet has spoken of his excitement at seeing compatriot Divock Origi in a Liverpool shirt next season.

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The Belgian striker joined the Reds from Ligue 1 outfit Lille last summer but was immediately loaned back out to the club in order to continue his progression and has scored seven league goals this season.

He shone for the national side at last summer’s World Cup, scoring a late winner in the group stages against Russia to help the Belgians progress into the knockout stages.

Lille OSC Divock Origi

The 19-year-old is expected to join up with his parent club for pre-season this summer and the Reds goalkeeper is tipping the youngster to be a big hit on Merseyside:

“He’s only a young player but I’m sure, from what I’ve seen in training with him, that he’s a very good player and will do really well for us.” Mignolet told the club’s official website.

“He’s very quick, he’s got skill, he can hold the ball up and score a goal as well – what else do you want from a striker?”

“He’s got a good attitude to work hard in training, which is always important; he’s willing to learn and accepts advice. I can only speak in good terms about him.” he added.

Mignolet will be hoping Origi can hit the ground running as soon as possible next year, as the Reds have struggled to replace the void left by Luis Suarez in the summer.

Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are the four senior strikers at the club currently and have only managed eight league goals between them.

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