“I am not going to lie about it. It was tough for a few weeks after that too. One thing I was never going to hide was the fact I wanted to join Liverpool. Once the opportunity was there it was an honour for me to be even linked with the club.
"When the manager and chairman made the decision I could not leave in January I respected that. I knew my staying could have helped Blackpool stay in the league, but when you reach a stage of your career where there is a chance to play at a higher level, you know you might not get it again and want to grab with both hands.”