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Rumour Mongering: Origi to Atletico Madrid

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Diego Simeone is having difficulty luring Diego Costa back to Spain, and Divock Origi is allegedly on his short list of possible back up options.

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Before I take another step into this post, I'd like to remind readers to find their towel and don't panic, because Divock Origi isn't going to Atletico Madrid, regardless of what the Bleacher Report would have you believe.

According to their (and I'm using this term as loosely as possible here) "logic" Origi is on Diego Simeone's short list of candidates to bring in if he fails to reunite with Diego Costa this summer. At the moment Chelsea are fighting to keep the controversial striker at Stamford Bridge, and Atletico are keeping their options open for other potential strikers.

Given the source, this is an easy rumor to write off. And while the bright lights of Champions League football at a top European side would be appealing to any young player, it's difficult to see Origi leaving Liverpool at this point in his career. The 21-year-old Belgium struggled mightily in his last year in France, eventually being named to the Worst XI team in Ligue 1. He continued struggling to start the 2015/16 season under former manager Brendan Rodgers, but took enormous strides under new boss Jürgen Klopp, eventually finishing the season with 10 goals in all competitions.

Origi has an excellent chance to continue developing at Liverpool, with a manager who trusts him to lead the line in the biggest of occasions. I could see why Diego Simeone would want a player like Origi at his club, but seriously, hands off. He's ours.