Liverpool striker Divock Origi has revealed it was Brendan Rodgers' charm and sweet talk that made him choose Anfield over a host of Europe's top clubs.
The Belgian International has been one of the hottest prospects in football for years with many clubs watching the forwards progress closely
After a highly impressive World Cup, sides including Tottenham Hotspur - who Origi almost joined - chased the 19-year-old's signature, however it was down to the Liverpool manager that he chose Anfield.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: "I took a lot of time to sign because, suddenly, there were a lot of clubs interested in me.
"Big Spanish, Italian and German clubs wanted me but my dream was to play in the Premier League. I also went to Tottenham but of the clubs interested, I chose Liverpool.
"The coach called me often, he invited me over, showed me a compilation of my matches since I was in the Under 15s and knew everything about me.
"At the club, everyone knew me, from the person doing the video analysis to the chef. My father told me to choose with my heart and I chose Liverpool and I don't regret it for a minute."
At just 19, Origi really impressed during the World Cup. He looked powerful and quick on the ball and netted his first goal for Belgium during their 1-0 victory over Russia.
Origi looks a player that will develop into one of the Premier League's top talents. From his highlights, he reminds me of a young Daniel Sturridge with his pace and extremely quick feet that frightens defenders. If Origi turns out anything like Sturridge, Reds fans will not be complaining.
Not just a threat going forward, however, Origi also has a high energy tank and will work hard to win the ball back. This is something Brendan Rodgers greatly admires in a player, as Liverpool play a system were they quickly try and win the ball back if they lose it.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, Origi has been sent out for one final season at Lille, the club he signed from this summer for £9 million.
The loan move has both its pros and cons. On the plus side, it will allow the youngster to further develop his skill-set at a club he is already extremely comfortable at.
We saw the benefits it had for Origi's international team-mate, Romelu Lukaku, when he signed for Chelsea. Lukaku was immediately sent out on loan to West Bromwich Albion and it allowed him not to be thrown in at the deep end (albeit he has now joined Everton). At the Birmingham club, Lukaku developed into one of the Premier League's most prolific strikers and his status has continued since.
However, if Origi had stayed at Anfield to play for Liverpool this season, it is highly unlikely that Mario Balotelli would now be on Merseyside.
If Origi was representing Liverpool this season, Rodgers would have already had three strikers with Sturridge and Rickie Lambert. If this was the case, the Reds owners - Fenway Sports Group - may have been reluctant to put up the £16 million to draft in Balotelli.
Nonetheless, having Origi would have added more depth to Liverpool. Having four forwards is nothing put a great dilemma for managers to have as saw Manchester City's success 2011/12 - they had Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez. It was a strong system for then manager Roberto Mancini and the players had to fight for their place, which got the best out of the players and aided City to the Premier League title.
If Origi had have stayed, Rodgers would force his front-men to impress in training and on the pitch if they wanted their place on his team-sheet, which would likely bring out each ones full potential.
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