There's been rumors galore of late about Liverpool maybe possibly definitely probably not but they're really going to well they could be bringing back Divock Origi from his loan at French side LOSC Lille. Origi, as you may recall, was bought by Liverpool from Lille last summer following his impressive spell with Belgium in the World Cup, and was loaned back to Lille for the season as part of the deal.
Now that Liverpool have struggled to score goals in the wake of Daniel Sturridge's never-ending injury spell, the Anfield club are prepared to do whatever it will take to get Origi out of France and in Liverpool's lineup. Or so the rumor mill says.
Not so, says Brendan Rodgers. "[When we signed Origi] last summer, it was always on the understanding that he had to stay at Lille," he told the assembled press at his pre-match news conference. "I've seen reports that he'll be coming back early but that was never the case. When we signed the player, it was one of the main reasons we were able to sign him -- he would have to stay at Lille for this season.
"The deal was put in place quite clearly in the summer that he would stay at Lille for the season, and then we would get him after that. As far as I'm concerned, that's still the case."
So much for that idea then. It's understandable to want to play his hand conservatively when it comes to Origi, though, especially as with just a little luck, Sturridge will be back and playing again shortly after Origi would have been available to recall anyways, rendering the need for the Belgian international a little less dire. No sense wasting resources if you're sure things will work out well from there.
Rodgers' statement would seem to imply that until Sturridge is fit and firing again, Liverpool is going to keep rolling with Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini. Maybe Rodgers will finally figure out how to get those three rolling while we wait to see how the rest of this plays out. Or maybe I'll win the lottery. It could happen.