Divock Origi has revealed his “heart said Liverpool” once he had first been informed of the Reds’ interest in 2014, despite Borussia Dortmund also being keen on his signature.
The striker was targeted by current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who at the time was in charge of Dortmund.
However, the Belgium international never wavered in his desire to join the Merseyside giants, after enjoying a successful 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He was immediately loaned back to Lille last season, but this term has managed to break into the Liverpool squad, being trusted in 10 Europa League games, in addition to 14 in the Premier League.
Looking back on his initial move to Anfield, Origi is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: “My management was more aware of the interest of other clubs like Dortmund, but when Liverpool came, my heart just said ‘Liverpool’.
“I came to visit here and straight away I felt part of it.
“Everyone knew me, even the video analysts. They knew exactly how I played. I didn’t look elsewhere too much.
“It is always nice that people [like Klopp] believe in you but you have to prove it on the pitch. If you are good, the manager will see it and he will use you as he knows.
“To be able to work with the manager is great as he knows exactly what he is doing. He has a clear plan. It is very easy to try and suit his system.”
The versatile 6ft 1in forward faced his former suitors last week, scoring in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
In a somewhat surprising 1-1 away draw for Liverpool, Origi netted his first goal in the competition, whilst firing one further effort on target, winning two take-ons and three aerial duels.
With the tie delicately poised ahead of the second leg on Thursday, Origi strengthened his case to start ahead of Daniel Sturridge by also striking in the Premier League this weekend – he scored twice as Liverpool beat Stoke City 4-1.