Divock Origi says that it was just a feeling that led to him staying at Anfield in 2018.
The Belgian had spent the previous campaign with Wolfsburg but below-par performances left his future unclear.
How could he break into the Liverpool side if he failed in Germany? What would he offer that the others didn’t?
With so much uncertainty, it would be easy for the player to opt-out. Other teams offered first-team football and a brighter future.
But Origi, four years after his £10m move from Lille, decided to stay because of a gut feeling.
“I just sat down and I felt like I wanted to stay and help this team,” he told the BBC. “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.
“I just had to block everything out on the outside and focus on the right things. In football you never know 100%, it could have gone another way as well but that’s the choice I made.”
He likely felt as though it had gone the other way, given he barely played at the start of last season. A ‘memorable’ winner against Everton changed things, though, earning him more time.
Origi would, of course, play a starring role as Liverpool won the Champions League, entirely vindicating his decision.
But beyond that, it’s an attitude that surely impressed the Liverpool bosses.
Origi decided to stay because he felt he could help the team. He knew it was a gamble and he knew he wouldn’t play the season as the star striker – but that didn’t seem to matter.
It was about helping where he could and being a part of something special. In an era of superstars, that’s not an attitude that’s too easy to find.
Origi sacrificed first-team football for the team and, in the end, saved the European campaign. If he wasn’t waiting in the wings as backup, he wouldn’t have been there for the historic night against Barcelona.
And he wouldn’t have been there to wrap up the final in Madrid. His selflessness earned him legendary status and it’s no less than he deserves.