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Liverpool's Divock Origi picked Lille over Man United as a 15-year-old

Liverpool star Divock Origi has revealed that he rejected a move to Manchester United as a teenager.

Origi, 20, completed a £10 million transfer to Liverpool from Lille in July 2014 before immediately being sent back to the Ligue 1 side for the 2014-15 season.

Now part of the Reds' first-team squad, the Belgium international says that he is satisfied at how his career has progressed and does not regret turning down Sir Alex Ferguson's offer to move to Old Trafford in 2011.

"I never regret anything," Origi told British newspapers. "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."

Liverpool take on Crystal Palace on Sunday before facing off against Man United in a Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday.


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