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Liverpool striker Divock Origi has revealed he rejected an offer from Manchester United at the age of 15.

The Belgium international signed for the Merseyside club from Lille in 2014. After agreeing to join the Premier League outfit, the striker spent one season on loan with his former club, before returning to Anfield last summer.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been drawn against Manchester United in the last 16 of the Europa League. A victory for Liverpool over their arch-rivals in both legs will see them progress further in the European competition, while eliminating Louis van Gaal's side.

Origi admitted that that he made a wise choice by snubbing a chance to join the 20-time English champions. The striker admitted that he has no regrets after rejecting an offer from the Red Devils when he was a teenager, despite his dream was to play in the Premier League.

"It was just a decision of my heart. At that moment I wanted to be a product of the Lille academy," Origi explained, as reported by the Guardian.

"I had just seen Eden Hazard come through and Lille had players like Gervinho and Joe Cole in the first team, so I thought I would have a good chance of making it there."

"I still remember coming home from school and my parents asking me to sit down because there was something they wanted to discuss. But, even though the offer was a good one, they told me I could choose.

"I didn't have anything against Manchester United or any other team, and my dream was always to play in the Premier League one day, but my heart told me the best thing would be to stay at Lille. I had a day or so of thinking it over but in the end I believe I made a good choice," he explained.

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