He lasted only 12 months at White Hart Lane before returning to Merseyside, aware he'd be an easy target for those who thought he'd considered Tottenham a bigger club.
"Sometimes when you leave a club it's not easy to go back. The way I left as well, I know some people didn't like it," he told the Mail on Sunday
"It was hard walking back into the dressing room, I had all sorts of things coming at me. Not objects, just a lot of stick.
"I enjoyed Tottenham's style of playing but the mentality is different."
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