Liverpool striker Divock Origi has explained his reasons for picking a move to Anfield instead of a rumoured offer from rivals Arsenal.
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The 20-year-old Belgian is currently on loan at Lille after completing a move to the Reds from the French side last summer, before being immediately loaned back to the club to continue his development in their first-team.
Origi looks an outstanding young talent after scoring 14 goals in the last two seasons, and is being tipped to play a key role for Liverpool next season when he returns to Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
Still, according to the Daily Star, the youngster could have been lining up for Arsenal instead, with Arsene Wenger known for keeping an eye out for the best young talent, particularly players based in his native France.
However, it was Liverpool’s recent work with young players like Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho that seemed to make an impact on Origi as he chose his club.
“The manager is one of the reasons I came to Liverpool,” he said. “He’s someone who has proven he knows how to work with young players, knows how to develop young players and also lets them play.”