Lee Bowyer has admitted that he regrets not joining Liverpool during a period when he was not happy with what was going on behind the scenes at Leeds United.
Bowyer, 43, made 265 appearances for Leeds between 1996 and 2003 and is still a firm favourite among a lot of United supporters.
However, the former midfielder has now revealed that his spell at Elland Road almost ended a year earlier than it actually did when he almost headed to Merseyside
“I was very close [to joining Liverpool] – I was halfway through a medical but it just didn’t feel right for me at the time,” the current Charlton boss told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“That is my biggest regret in football not going to Liverpool at that time.
“If I could’ve turned the clock back I would’ve gone. Looking back, I made the wrong decision.
“I knew my time was coming to an end at Leeds due to a few things behind the scenes that didn’t sit well with me, so I knew it was my time to go.
“I thought doing another five years up north, being a long way away from my family after doing six years at Leeds didn’t sit right but after all that I ended up going to Newcastle which is even further away, so it makes no sense!
“But at the time it just didn’t feel right, and that was the mistake I made.”
Although Leeds were at the peak of their powers in the Premier League during Bowyer’s time at Elland Road, there must have been some really bad issues going on behind the scenes for him to want to walk out.
Obviously, a couple of years later we saw a major decline of the Yorkshire giants as they dropped out of the Premier League in 2004 and, still, are yet to return.
Hopefully that can change soon though with Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites edging closer towards automatic promotion from the Championship before the coronavirus-enforced suspension of elite football in England.
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