‘Put team first’ – Liverpool player on ’emotional decision’ to stay amid offers to leave

One of the heroes of the night on Tuesday was Divock Origi, who managed to score two goals in each half of the game to earn Liverpool an unlikely place in the final of the Champions League.

The Belgium star has not always received the amount of playing time that he has desired under Jurgen Klopp over the last three seasons at the club.

Origi has occasionally made his contributions this season but most of his time has been spent on the bench, due to the availability of star forwards like Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

The 24-year-old was rumoured to be eyeing a move away from Liverpool last summer as he grew even more desperate for playing time ahead of the season.

Despite the speculation, Origi remained with the Reds and so far, it has turned out to be a good move with Liverpool still in contention for major honours in the final weeks of the campaign.

In an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws,it was suggested to Origi that his decision to stay at Anfield this season was the right one.

And the striker responded: “I took it with complete confidence. An emotional decision. Head down, work hard and believe in myself.”

“I knew there would be many opinions – which is normal and whatever it is, I respect. But in the end, I know that if I enjoy myself everything comes up. I just put the team first and you see it. We’re in that final, man!”