Liverpool deny reports on Divock Origi’s early return to Anfield

The 19-year-old Belgian striker is currenly on loan with Ligue 1 outfit Lille this season.

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Liverpool have denied reports that on-loan striker Divock Origi will be returning to Anfield in January.

It has been suggested that 19-year-old Origi will cut short his season-long loan at Lille and return to Liverpool, costing the club $7.3. Reports in the French media said an agreement between the two clubs included a clause allowing Liverpool to take the Belgium striker back in January if they needed him.

With Daniel Sturridge still unavailable through injury and Mario Ballotelli struggling to make an impact, the return of Origi seemed a possibility for Brendan Rodgers’ side.  

Last month, the Liverpool manager denied reports surrounding the striker’s early return, insisting Origi’s season-long loan was a part of the deal struck in the summer to bring the Belgium striker to Merseyside.

But with Liverpool slipping to 11th in the Premier League, rumours have continued to grow around Origi’s future. The club have since confirmed the 19-year-old will be staying at Lille until the end of the season.