Liverpool striker Divock Origi has disclosed the time he turned down a move to rivals Manchester United as a youngster before winding up on Merseyside, the Mirror report.
The Belgium international signed for the Reds in the summer of 2014, after impressing for his nation ahead of the likes of Romelu Lukaku during their World Cup campaign in Brazil.
But it could have been all so different for Origi as he recalls a near move to Manchester United.
He said: “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.”
Origi went on to join Lille, and then stayed on at the club on a season-long loan deal for the 2014/15 campaign after signing a contract to join Liverpool following his success in Brazil.
The 20-year-old has taken his time to adjust to the rigours of Premier League football this season, yet since the New Year he has gradually become more involved and started the 3-0 midweek win over Manchester City.
Origi has in total featured in ten Premier League matches this season, scoring twice, while in Europe he has claimed a more predominant role as the club march on in the Europa League.
Ironically, Liverpool drew rivals Manchester United in the last 16, giving Origi the opportunity to face the club he once nearly joined and let them know exactly what they ended up missing out on.