The first two weeks of the World Cup were largely frantic, exhilarating, and enjoyable. And, as it turns out, mostly a warm-up for news on the Liverpool front today. We'll say this is the end with little intention of actually believing it, but for now the last piece worth touching on is news that the club are in the final stages of agreeing a deal for Lille and Belgium striker Divock Origi.
At only 19 years of age he's one for the future, a notion underlined by the fact that Liverpool are expected to immediately loan the player back to Lille for at least one season. But he's also showing glimpses of being one for the present in Brazil, impressing in limited action for Belgium at the top of Group H. In three substitute appearances he scored one goal--a late winner against Russia--and forced another with an arrowed drive that South Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu fumbled straight into the path of the onrushing Jan Vertonghen. Origi's widely been viewed as one of the most exciting youngsters at the tournament, and his work in place of the disappointing Romelu Lukaku has been a revelation for Marc Wilmots.
Most reports have the fee at around £6m, though Ed Malyon at the Mirror seems to think it'll be a "structured" deal worth closer to £10m when everything's said and done. At either price, it appears to be a good deal for all involved; Liverpool get a promising young forward on their books, Lille retain his services for at least another season as they compete domestically and in Europe, and Origi has a chance to continue to develop before making the move to the Premier League he's always wanted.
Origi and Belgium will next be in action against the US in the round of 16 on Tuesday, July 1st.