Origi claims he was wanted by United as a teenager, instead opting to move to Lille when he was 15.
"I started with the national team at Under-16s. It was a very good year for me, a lot of scouts were coming to my dad. I heard Manchester United wanted to sign me, some Italian clubs and German clubs," Origi said.
"I visited Lille's training centre. I was amazed how good it was. I saw how Eden Hazard had grown from young player to big player winning the league with them and that was something very nice. They have a very good reputation at developing young players.
"My heart said: 'go to Lille'. I remember coming home from school, sitting in the kitchen and my dad said: 'the choice is yours, what do you want to do?' I decided to go to Lille.
"[In 2014] there were offers from everywhere. Bayern were interested, all these clubs. But I came to Liverpool, I saw the facilities, I took some time out of my vacation to visit Melwood and speak with [then manager] Brendan Rodgers.
"When I came in, everyone knew my name, they knew who I was and they were looking at a video of me even from the Under-15s.
"They knew about my qualities and when I saw the values of the club - passing, pressing, fast players - I was like: 'this is the place I want to go.'"