Liverpool striker explains why he turned down Man United to follow Eden Hazard
The Liverpool striker reveals that he rejected the chance to join Manchester United at the age of 15
Divock Origi has revealed that he turned down the chance to sign for Manchester United as a teenager after observing Eden Hazard’s development at Lille.
The Liverpool striker scored three times in his last three appearances in Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead of the visit of West Ham United after Origi was brought in to fill the void left by injured Philippe Coutinho.
Origi broke the deadlock in a 2-0 win against Sunderland in the Premier League before he netted in a 2-0 victory over Leeds United in the EFL Cup to set up a semi-final clash against Southampton.
The Belgium forward scored in Liverpool’s dramatic 4-3 loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League last weekend as the centre-forward continued to impress in Klopp’s starting line-up.
Origi has now revealed that he turned down the chance to join Manchester United at the age of 15 after the striker opted to move to Lille, where Hazard was developing into one of Europe’s most-exciting players.
“I started with the national team at Under-16s,” Origi told The Daily Mirror. “It was a very good year for me, a lot of scouts were coming to my dad.
“I heard Manchester United wanted to sign me, some Italian clubs and German clubs.
“I visited Lille’s training centre. I was amazed by how good it was. I saw how Eden Hazard had grown from a young player to a big player winning the league with them and that was something very nice. They have a good reputation at developing young players.
“My heart said: ‘go to Lille.’ I remember coming home from school, sitting in the kitchen and my dad said: ‘the choice is yours, what do you want to do?’ I decided to go to Lille.”
Origi moved to Liverpool in a reported £11m deal from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2014.