Liverpool's Divock Origi reveals he turned down Manchester United

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Divock Origi is enjoying life under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. The striker has earned a place ahead of Christian Benteke in the pecking order and is progressing well under the stewardship of the German coach.

The 20-year-old can expect to play a significant role for the Reds between now and the end of the season and will be disappointed if he does not start against Manchester United in Thursday's hotly anticipated Europa League clash.

However, things could have been significantly different for the Belgian had he accepted an approach from Sir Alex Ferguson five years ago.

Still a youngster in the academy at the time, Origi was faced with a big decision when Manchester United offered him the deal of a lifetime.

Of course, Origi, then just 15, rejected the deal and continued on at Lille. Now, he has explained exactly why he decided against moving to Old Trafford.

No regrets

"I never regret anything," Origi told the Daily Mail. "I think it was just the decision of my heart.

"At that moment I just realised about the academy and Lille and the French League. I saw Eden Hazard coming through and other players there, like Gervinho and Joe Cole.

"I thought I would have the chance to get through at Lille, and so I said no to Manchester United. At that moment, I was 15 years old. I didn't have anything against United or any other team.

"In fact, my dream was to play in the Premier League one day, but my heart said that I had to go through at Lille."

"I came back from school and my father and mother were sat down, discussing something. I knew they had a way that they wanted things to go, but they told me I could choose ‒ for parents to say this to a child of 15 was incredible.

"So I had a day of thinking, and for me the most logical option was to stay with Lille."

Top talent

Origi wouldn't have to wait long before another club to come calling. Liverpool offered £10m to sign him from Lille in 2014 and moved to Merseyside the following summer after a season on loan with the Ligue 1 outfit.

He started Sunday's game against Crystal Palace as well as the 3-0 win over Manchester City last week. Overall, he has five goals this season and a further two assists. While that is not a tremendous return, it is his work rate that has left many of the Anfield faithful chanting his name.

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