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Summers that boast major international tournaments always introduce a new star or two to the world at large, and this year we got an amazing introduction to new Liverpool striker Divock Origi as he helped Belgium to a the Quarter-Finals of the World Cup.
“For me, he can be one of the most exciting talents in world football. I genuinely believe that” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told the clubs official website following Origi’s unveiling. “”You see a lot of good players, but this kid – for 19 years of age – he burst onto the scene at the World Cup, but we’d tracked him before that, we’d seen him as a young player playing in the youth internationals.”
Having been linked with a move to Barcelona for years now, it’s starting to look like Daniel Agger is heading for the Catalan giants after flying home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour.
Although the club said it was due to an injury — which, let’s be fair, wouldn’t be all that surprising, would it? — it comes hot on the heels of increased speculation regarding the Danish defender’s future. With the signature of Southampton defender Dejan Lovren signed, sealed and delivered, Agger is looking even more surplus to requirements at Anfield and a move to Barcelona could very well work out fantastically for both parties.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc may have ruled out attacker Marco Reus leaving the German giants this summer, but it’s starting to look like the player is going to weigh in on that with reports coming in that he’s rejected an improved contract offer.
With his buy-out clause of £27mil set to come into effect next summer, Dortmund are keen to tie the 25 year old down to renegotiated terms, but German media outlet Bild are saying that Reus isn’t interested; at least, he’s not interested in what they have on the table at the moment. That on it’s own doesn’t mean that he’s heading for the door, but his agent has also been on point in the media — either because he’s genuinely angling for a move or he’s looking for some leverage in negotiations.
You can never be 100% sure of Liverpool signing up a player until you see them holding the famous red shirt aloft — today, as you can see, is one of those days.
Following a successful medical, Lille striker Divock Origi put pen to paper on a long term deal with the Anfield outfit and officially completed his move to Merseyside. Well, kind of anyways; as previously reported, the 19-year old has been immediately loaned back to Lille where he will spend the remainder of next season. The Reds are keen to fast-track the youngsters development and there’s few better ways of doing that than having him play regular first team football with a club of Lille’s pedigree. Really, it only makes sense.
Lovren is in good company.
Ever since Jamie Carragher retired, Liverpool just haven’t looked the same at the back. For a team that once prided themselves on defensive solidarity, shipping 50-goals last season came as a shock to the system.
Maybe it lost them the title, maybe it didn’t — you can pretty much debate that until you’re blue in the face. Now matter what side of the fence you fall on, the fact of the matter is that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wasn’t about to go through another season with his back line looking like mushy pudding and has spent a large portion of the summer tracking, negotiating and hashing out a deal Southampton for defender Dejan Lovren. These things take time, but as of yesterday, that chase is well and truly over.