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Liverpool, Lille hold talks over Origi’s return

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LONDON, January 15 – Liverpool have held talks with Lille over the possibility of Divock Origi moving to Anfield this month.

The striker, 19, joined the Reds in a £10m deal last year but was loaned back to the French club for this season.

“There has been some discussion but there is nothing to report,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. “The agreement was for him to stay there so we will see how that works.

“If not we have the players here and we will go with what we have got.”

Liverpool are light in attack, with Daniel Sturridge a long-term injury absentee and Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert delivering just four goals between them.

-Rodgers on Balotelli-

Balotelli has been linked with a move away from Anfield this month but Rodgers, whose side travels to Aston Villa this weekend, has ruled that out.

“Mario is a good guy and he’s not scored the goals he or we would have wanted,” he said.

“But we are determined to help him find the solution here so he certainly won’t be going anywhere in January.”

-Rodgers on Steven Gerrard loan deal-

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre says it is “conceivable” Steven Gerrard could return to the club on loan following his move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

“I have nothing more to say on the situation. Steven is still very much at the club so I’m not speculating on when he comes back after leaving.”

-Rodgers on Daniel Sturridge’s fitness-

Sturridge has not played since the end of August due to injury.

“He’s not ready to play as of yet, but he’s working well, so hopefully in the near future he’ll be ready. He’s back in the final stages of his rehab here at the club, but there is no time on it yet.”

-BBC Sport-

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