He revealed how Brendan Rodgers attempted to convince him to play on, writing in the Daily Mail: "I made my announcement public in February but a few weeks later, at Melwood, Brendan invited me for another conversation.
"He asked me whether I would consider postponing retiring for another season. Again, my answer was ‘no’. I was set in my ways, content with the decision I had reached. Only one thing could have changed my mind.
"It wasn’t the prospect of more appearances; it had nothing to do with another contract or anything like that. If I felt Liverpool were going to compete for the one honour that had eluded me — the Barclays Premier League — I would have said ‘yes’ in a flash.
"At that time, I could only see Liverpool challenging for a top-four place. If I had been able to see into the future, I would now be preparing for tomorrow’s showdown with Chelsea."