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Divock Origi: 'Brendan Rodgers thinks I can be world class'

New Liverpool striker Divock Origi reveals that Brendan Rodgers challenged him to become a world-class forward at Anfield.

New Liverpool striker Divock Origi has claimed that Brendan Rodgers has challenged him to become one of the world's best marksmen.

The 19-year-old Belgium international signed for the Reds last month for around £10m, but will spend the coming campaign on loan at Lille.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Origi said: "[Rodgers] wants me to become one of the best in the world. Liverpool followed me for a long time. When I arrived in the offices there, they showed me cassettes of me in the U15s. Everyone knew me. I couldn't believe it.

"Steven Gerrard told me it was a shame that I wouldn't be there straight away as everyone was waiting impatiently for me. That means something.

"I also saw Daniel Sturridge, who was very nice."

Origi is one of seven summer signings for the Reds, having also landed Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and Javier Manquillo.

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