Divock Origi
Origi scored against Russia in the World Cup.Getty Images/FRANCISCO LEONG

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has been compared to former Barcelona and Netherlands forward Patrick Kluivert by Lille reserve coach Stephane Adam.

The 19-year-old has joined the Anfield club this summer but will spend the upcoming season on loan at Lille to continue his development before moving permanently to Merseyside in 2015.

Origi impressed for Belgium at the World Cup, scoring the winner against Russia in the group stage, a goal which led to a high-profile move to Liverpool and comparisons with some of the world's best forwards

"He makes me think of Kluivert," Adam told Le Parisien. "Quick, powerful, with technique that's above the norm."

Regarding Origi's sudden burst to prominence, Adam said "I'm not really surprised. When I had him working under me with the under-19s, you had the impression that he was playing with his little brothers. Divock has the qualities to become a world-class player."

Regarding the loan arrangement which will see Origi remain at Lille this season, Adam continued: "At that age the most important thing is to play. He has to get a starting place in his own right and to become a real competitor."

Kluivert earned a reputation as one of the world's finest finishers during his 14-year professional career, during which he played for Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona and Newcastle United and featured in four major tournaments with the Dutch national team.

Teenager Origi is one of two new strikers signed by Liverpool this summer following the departure of Luis Suarez. However he will be unavailable to manager Brendan Rodgers when he returns to Ligue 1 on loan.

Though Origi has only risen to international attention this summer, Liverpool were aware of his talent years before his emergence at the World Cup and the forward admits he was baffled to learn the club have followed his career from the start.

"Liverpool followed me for a long time," Origi told L'Equipe. "When I arrived in the offices there, they showed me cassettes of me in the Under-15s. Everyone knew me. I couldn't believe it.

"When I arrived, I was impressed. 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 Sturridge, who was very nice."