Liverpool have completed the signing of Belgium international striker Divock Origi from Lille and as expected he will be loaned straight back to the Ligue 1 club for this season.
The 19-year-old Origi was one of the stars of the Belgium side which reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Though he began the competition on the bench, he surpassed Romelu Lukaku in the starting XI after scoring the late winner against Russia in the group stage.
He was born in Ostend and came through the youth ranks of Genk before being signed by Lille in 2010. Though the transfer fee is undisclosed, it is believed Liverpool have paid 10 million pounds for his services.
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Liverpool are on course to be in prime condition when the new Barclays Premier League campaign kicks off next month, believes Brendan Rodgers.
The Reds contested their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer so far on Saturday, beating Olympiacos 1-0 in Chicago thanks to an early Raheem Sterling strike.
It was a game in which Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Kolo Toure and Lazar Markovic made their first appearances since returning from World Cup duty, while Jordan Henderson completed 90 minutes.
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Jordan Henderson says he was excited by the debut of Lazar Markovic, who shone in the opening 45 minutes of Liverpool‘s 1-0 win over Olympiacos in Chicago.
The Reds triumphed against the Greek champions in their first game of the Guinness International Champions Cup in a match that saw the return to action for many of the squad’s first-team regulars, including the game’s only goalscorer, Raheem Sterling, as well the debuting Markovic.
The Serb didn’t disappoint on his first start; giving glimpses of just why he is so highly rated and one of the most coveted young players in Europe, during the first-half of the Reds’ victory.
One of Liverpool‘s big summer signings Adam Lallana, will miss the start of the Premier League season after damaging his lateral collateral ligament in training.
The England international does not require surgery but he is expected to miss Liverpool’s first three Premier League games of the season.
But Brendan Rodgers said that Liverpool will not rush Lallana back saying:
“Of course it was very disappointing – it’s probably going to be four to six weeks,” Rodgers said at a press conference from Soldier Field in Chicago.
Liverpool have once again plundered Southampton with the news they have signed center back Dejan Lovren for a reported £20 million. Lovren is their third signing from the Saints this summer following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana move to Anfield.
Signing a top quality center back has been Brendan Rodgers top priority this summer after Liverpool conceded 50 goals in the Premier League last season, something that probably cost them the title.
Liverpool have agreed a £14m deal to sell striker Fabio Borini to Sunderland where he spent last season on loan at the Black Cats, scoring 10 goals and picking up the club’s young player of the year award.
Despite the development, Borini started for Liverpool on Saturday in a pre-season friendly at Preston.
“It’s an agreement between the clubs but nothing agreed with the player as of yet,” Reds boss Brendan Rodgers told BT Sport.
“He is still very much a Liverpool player.”
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Liverpool have agreed to meet the £8.5m release clause in QPR and French international striker Loic Remy’s contract.
The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Newcastle where he scored 14 league goals for the Magpies.
Remy joined QPR during their last top-flight spell, making an £8m switch from French club Marseille in January 2013. He scored six league goals for the west London club but could not stop them being relegated that season.
The challenge with Remy might be agreeing personal terms with the striker, who reportedly wants £75-80,000 a week. Assuming Liverpool know that are can meet those wage demands then Remy is a steal at 8.5 million.
Brendan Rodgers spoke of his satisfaction at Rickie Lambert’s first appearance in a Liverpool shirt – and backed the summer signing to make a big contribution towards the Reds’ fortunes in 2014-15.
The England international made his debut for the club following a move from Southampton, playing the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Preston North End at Deepdale.
As planned pre-match, Lambert was withdrawn from the action at the break, and Rodgers was pleased with the efforts of his No.9.
He told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Rickie will just get better and better as he becomes more familiar with the group and becomes accustomed to the playing style.
Luis Suarez today issued the following statement to the club’s official website, Liverpoolfc.com.
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.
“But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers today issued the below statement following the announcement that an agreement has been reached with Barcelona for Luis Suarez to leave the club.
“Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool.
“I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team and has benefited from being here, as we have benefited from him.