Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Divock Origi will not be arriving at Liverpool until the summer, but has backed the young Belgian to thrive in English football when he does.
Reports suggested Rodgers would look to bring Origi to Anfield this month and pay Lille a fee of £3million to cut his season long loan spell short.
However, Rodgers has decided he has sufficient striking options, with Daniel Sturridge close to a comeback and Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert both keen to stay at the club.
“There were a few discussions to see where it was at but the likelihood is that he will stay at Lille,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.
“He’s a really exciting young talent. He’s got everything.
“He’s well suited to the Premier League – he’s fast, got great feet, tactically he’s very good and he works very hard.
“He can play through the middle or from the side. He’s also a humble kid.
“We’ll get him in the summer and he will be an exciting young player for us.”
Rodgers also confirmed he expects Daniel Sturridge to make his comeback from injury at the end of the month, either in the home clash with West Ham or the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi final at Stamford Bridge
“Obviously it’s been very difficult for us because Daniel is a top class player and he’s been out since August,” Rodgers added.
“But he’s working very hard on his rehab and we’re hoping by the end of this month he will be back.”