The boss was reportedly keen to cut the summer signing’s spell at Lille short following Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury, but says he will stay in France as part of his loan deal
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled out bringing forward Divock Origi’s arrival at Anfield.
The Reds signed the Belgium international from Lille for €12 million move during the summer transfer window but agreed to loan him back to the Ligue 1 outfit for 2014-15 season.
Following Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury set-back, Rodgers was reportedly entertaining the idea of striking a deal that would have seen Origi link up with Liverpool in January – but the Northern Irishman says he expects the 19-year-old to remain in France.
“We signed [Origi] last summer on agreement he had to stay at Lille,” he told reporters.
“That was one of main reasons we were able to sign him. As far as I’m concerned, that’s still case with Origi.”
Origi has netted five times in 16 appearances in all competitions for Lille, who currently languish in 14th place in Ligue 1.