He admits he has always had a unique bond with the supporters and believes their desire to see Scousers make the grade means standards are always much higher with local players.
"The supporters have been fantastic to me," he told liverpoolfc.tv.
"They probably see me as like them. I'm a supporter and I feel the results like them. When you lose you take it home with you.
"Towards the end under Gerard Houllier when we weren't doing well I maybe got a bit of stick but I was playing full-back and that wasn't my position.
"I ended up playing for England there so I obviously did a good job but a modern full-back flies up the wing and that wasn't me. I'm just glad I ended up going back to centre-back. In football you have critics and you have ups and downs. It can be tough for local lads.
"Everyone is delighted for the young lads coming through at the moment. But if they are here for a long time they will have critics, don't worry about that. They will have to come through that.
"It can easily change from one week to the next."