Lille loanee Divock Origi has won Belgium’s award for most Promising Youngster of the Year 2014, as the Liverpool summer signing continues to impress.
Origi signed for Liverpool over the summer for a fee of roughly £10 million following a great World Cup with Belgium, but he was immediately sent back to Lille for a season to gain more experience as part of the deal.
After a strong start to the campaign, Origi has struggle in recent weeks with Lille in France and it took a turn for the worse on the weekend when the young Belgian was booed by his own fans.
However, to hand the youngster a boost in his fledgling career he was named over the weekend Belgium’s most promising teenager of 2014 and it is news Brendan Rodgers will be happy with.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was also feted. Set up in 1967, the Belgian Sportsman of the Year award is the most prestigious title in Belgian sports.
Never won by a footballer since its inception, Courtois was handed the title for the year of 2014. Coming off the back of a La Liga winning season with Atletico Madrid, the Blues stopper also reached the Champions League Final, played at the World Cup, and has cemented himself as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper - all by the age of 22-years-old.
Courtois beat Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard to the award - who finished in fifth - whilst former Blue Kevin De Bruyne finished in eight place. Speaking after being handed the award, the stopper was quoted saying: “It's an honour to be the first footballer to win this award. But you have to have some luck too. If there'd been a cyclist who had won two classical races, I think I wouldn't have won the trophy.
“But I'm happy, I'm proud. Even more for my family, it's not always easy for them - I'm often away from home, disappointed after a loss or a difficult training session.”