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Divock Origi says he could imagine staying with Wolfsburg beyond the terms of his current season-long loan from Liverpool.

Origi, 22, joined Wolfsburg on a temporary deal in the summer, and in late December the Bundesliga side confirmed they have entered talks with Liverpool over a permanent transfer.

Under contract at Anfield under 2019, next summer would represent the last chance for Liverpool to cash in on him, and the Belgium international is not averse to staying but, unlike Wolfsburg, he is not interested in an immediate decision on his future.

"I take that as a compliment that the club rates me," Origi told reporters about Wolfsburg's attempts to negotiate a permanent deal. "Several factors play a role. I am someone who is enjoying the moment.

"I think everything's possible. I focus on the here and now. I have a good relationship with Liverpool, but feel really well here at Wolfsburg. We'll sit down at the end of the season, and talk we'll see what's next. Right now, I am here for another six months, and I am open for everything."

Having scored four goals in 15 Bundesliga outings so far, Origi is set to move into a more central role in Wolfsburg's attack following Mario Gomez's return to Stuttgart, and he is looking forward to it.

"I have always said that I prefer playing as a No. 9," Origi added. "I am just more productive in the centre of attack."

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.

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