Divock Origi says he had offers to leave Liverpool last year but decided to stay because he had a ‘gut feeling’ something special was about to happen.
How right he turned out to be, as he scored too many important goals to list over the last couple of months of the season against the likes of Barcelona and Tottenham.
Wolves were interest in him in January and were prepared to pay the Reds’ asking price, while Real Betis were one of a number of sides interested in Origi this summer before he signed a new deal to extend his stay with the club.
The Belgian forward said, via Goal.com: “It was a gut feeling. For me I just sat down and I felt like I wanted to stay and help this team. I felt good, I just had to keep performing in training and I knew my chance would come. I felt like we could do something special.
“In football you never know 100 per cent. It could have gone another way but that’s the choice I made. It’s a lot to happen in a year – that’s the beauty of football.”
It’s amazing how much has happened since he made that call, and how different the Reds’ season could have been without him. Had Origi not gone with his gut, the end of the season could have played out very, very differently.