Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg concedes some frustration after leaving for Preston on-loan in January.
Van den Berg admits he could've come into contention at injury-hit Liverpool if he had stayed.
“The guys who came in have done well and I really like it here. It was the best option for me to go on loan.
“When I saw everything unfold, it was really tough to see. Those injuries, you don't want any player to have them. For the club and the team, you saw that they struggled. The whole season has been tough for Liverpool but they have managed it well.
“The players who came in, the young players, Phillips and Rhys, they have been doing really well. At the end, if big players drop out then those guys have to step up. They have done really well.
“It's tough. If you see all the statistics about all the centre-back duos Liverpool have had this season, it's crazy how many players have played together there.
“It's been hard for Liverpool but it has given some great opportunities to some other players as well. They have done well and as a Liverpool supporter, you have to enjoy that as well when young players come in and do well.
“There have been pros and cons to it but it has been a tough season for Liverpool for sure."