Liverpool forward Divock Origi has revealed just how close he came to leaving the club.
The 24-year-old is now enjoying cult hero status at Anfield having been front and centre of some huge moments last season.
The star scored some crucial goals, including his double during the famous comeback against Barcelona, and the strike against Tottenham Hotspur that sealed the Champions League trophy in Madrid.
The Belgium international is now an important member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, and recently signed a new deal for his contributions last term.
Last summer though it looked as though the club were ready to cash in on the ace after he had lost his way and had had two fairly uninspiring loan spells with Wolfsburg and Lille.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, he said: “There were talks and we had conversations with the club but I tried to concentrate on my football, and I had to trust my instinct.
“I just wanted to stay here because I felt like there was something good going on and I had a feeling I could help the team. So regardless of how the circumstances looked, I just tried to focus on the things that were important and at the end it turned out to be good.”
Origi has to be commended for staying to fight for his place at Anfield.
It would have been very easy for him to jump ship given how dead and buried his Liverpool career actually looked at one point.
Origi looks set to play a big part for the Reds in 2019/20 and his grind to get himself back into contention at the club has to be respected.