The 31-year-old quit the Reds for a move to Portsmouth in search of first-team football and says that a change of ownership meant key players leaving when a title charge was on
The 31-year-old faces his former club on Boxing Day with the Potters and admits it was with a heavy heart that he left the club back in 2008 when he departed for Portsmouth after failing to win a place in the first team.
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"We finished second and won the FA Cup but, at the time, [Fernando] Torres was playing up front on his own and it was difficult for me to stake a claim.
"I had the opportunity to play games at Portsmouth. I was playing for England at the time and I thought if I sat on the bench at Liverpool, it could hinder my international chances.
"Obviously leaving Liverpool was a huge wrench but I look back on also the fact I had so many great memories there.
"It's very strange. When I was there the side we had was unbelievable. We were a couple of players from winning the league.
"We got to a Champions League final, won the FA Cup and finished second. The next step was to go on and win the league. But I think a change of ownership and different things led to a lot of players leaving for whatever reason."