Rodgers provided a glowing assessment of Origi to Liverpoolfc.com following the transfer announcement, and repeated similar sentiments at his pre-match press conference.
"We're absolutely delighted to sign him because I genuinely think he has the potential to go on and be a world-class young player," the manager enthused.
"I saw him as a young player, for the national teams coming through, I saw his quality and then saw that grow and develop to play in a World Cup, where he showed a lot of his qualities.
"It's a great signing for the football club. He's someone that could have really helped us this season; he's 19 years of age, 6ft2, he can score goals and is strong.
"But we knew part of the deal was that he is going back to Lille on loan. But the overriding feeling is that we're absolutely delighted to have a young player who potentially could be a star over the coming years."
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