Former Leeds United fan favourite Lee Bowyer has told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show that not joining Liverpool was the biggest regret of his whole career.
In 2002 with Gerard Houllier enjoying a trophy-laden period at Anfield, the Frenchman was keen to bolster his midfield with a move for the Whites star.
The deal even got to the point where a medical took place and Bowyer revealed his biggest career regret to Jamie Carragher last night.
Bowyer was the heartbeat of a Leeds midfield that reached the Champions League semi-final before losing to Valencia.
He told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show: “I was very close to joining Liverpool. I was halfway through a medical.
“It just didn’t feel right for me at the time, and if I’m honest that’s probably my biggest regret in football not going to Liverpool at that time.
“If I could turn back the clock I’d have definitely gone, but it just didn’t feel right for me at the time and that was the decision I made.
“Looking back it was the wrong one I think. ”
Liverpool were willing to part with £9 million for Bowyer, which in 2002 would have represented a decent-sized transfer.
The Reds were on the back of a season which had seen them win the UEFA Cup, League Cup and FA Cup.
Bowyer would have complimented the Reds nicely at the time but nonetheless he was still worshipped at Leeds.
The fiery performer was a desperately important part of David O’Leary’s young side which earned rave reviews at the time.
With the likes of Harry Kewell, Ian Harte, Rio Ferdinand and Jonathan Woodgate in the side, Leeds defied the odds to reach the last four of the Champions League.
Bowyer played 265 times for Leeds before returning south to sign for West Ham United.
To fans of a certain age, Bowyer is one of the best central midfielders to ever grace Elland Road.
With that in mind, he shouldn’t hold too many regrets about not joining Liverpool all those years ago.