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Liverpool Reportedly Nearing Deal to Bring Divock Origi Back from Loan Early

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With Liverpool in need of more options up front in the absence of Daniel Sturridge, they have reportedly made progress on a deal to bring Divock Origi back from his loan at Lille in the January window.

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For most, one of the top priorities in the January transfer window is a striker. Liverpool will welcome Daniel Sturridge back at some point, but in the meantime they need someone to provide support to Raheem Sterling, and nobody in the current squad has proven capable of doing so (or being selected) with any regularity. Sterling has performed admirably, but he can't do it on his own, and additional options--particularly ones that fit in Brendan Rodgers' preferred system--are needed.

With that in mind the club are, according to the Liverpool Echo, close to a deal that will cancel Divock Origi's loan deal at Lille and bring him to Merseyside before the month is up, meaning they'll effectively be paying money for a player they already own. Not the greatest bit of business, as it basically adds to the transfer fee they paid for a 19-year-old that is struggling for goals. The £10m fee in the summer of 2014 was largely seen as a good bit of business, and while adding the rumored £3m or £4m to that isn't exorbitant, it is a use of funds that seems confusing at best.

It won't be received particularly well if it interferes with potential moves for other, more proven goalscorers during the month, especially given Origi and Lille's form. After a bright patch early in the season, the Belgian international has struggled badly in a side that's doing even worse, and while he's full of promise, asking him to deliver immediately upon arrival would be too much. His last goal came in October, and the bottom has fallen out for the club as well, seeing them slide to the 13th spot in Ligue One.

Liverpool have struggles of their own, and as they have discovered with Sterling, a teenager isn't the answer for the problems in this squad. There must be a sense that Origi will be better off developing at Melwood rather than in France, though it's hard to see him getting as many minutes for Liverpool as he would have in Lille.

However this pans out, hopefully it doesn't have a negative impact on the player's development or Liverpool's plans elsewhere in the January window.