Grading Liverpool's £10m signing Divock Origi - star of the future for a bargain?

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Liverpool finally agreed a deal to sign Lille forward Divock Origi this week - but how good is the move from a Reds point of view?

The Reds have already added Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert to their attack, but made a signing for the future with the capture of Belgian World Cup star Origi. The 19-year-old has joined in a £10m deal, but will spend the season back on loan at Lille - with that in mind, how does the deal grade out for Liverpool?

Positives

With Luis Suarez now with Barcelona, manager Brendan Rodgers had to make moves to improve his attack. Lambert turns 33 in February, so signing a striker geared towards the future was important for the Reds boss. That's certainly what Origi is given that Liverpool can't even use him for a year, but he has all the attributes that made Rodgers' side so dangerous last season; pace, direct running and an eye for goal. At the World Cup, Origi was always on the shoulder of the last man, causing problems in behind defences - which is what the likes of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge have done to such devastating effect under Rodgers so far. At just 19, Origi has the potential to become one of the most dangerous forwards in Europe, and his versatility to play out wide will be a key factor for Rodgers too, having used Sterling and Sturridge from wide positions too.

Negatives

The obvious negative with this deal is that Liverpool can't even use Origi until next summer at the earliest. Having him continue his development away from Merseyside is frustrating, as Rodgers has admitted, but the deal was entirely dependent on Lille being able to have Origi this season. It's a small price to pay for someone with such a bright future ahead of them, so in the long run, Liverpool won't mind too much - unless his development stalls in France. That seems unlikely given how adamant Lille were that they loaned Origi, and then the only question upon his return will be where his best position is.

Grade: A

The loan situation is of course a big drawback for Liverpool, but for just £10m, they've got themselves a real livewire of a striker. Pacey and always looking to get in behind defences, he's the kind of player that will be effective on the counter attack, which is vital for how Liverpool play. His ability to draw defences back will open up space for the likes of Philippe Coutinho or Adam Lallana, and he projects to be the perfect player for Liverpool's attack - in the future, at least.

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