Kevin Kilbane has revealed that he had a big decision to make in the late 90s.
Having started his career at Preston, Kilbane was snapped up by West Brom in 1997 for a then-club record fee.
Just two years later, one of the biggest clubs in football came calling.
On Boylesports’ Bogglebox Christmas Special, Ireland’s fourth most capped player ever was asked which Merseyside team he would truthfully prefer to play for, bearing in mind that he spent three years with Everton.
He responded by saying that Gerard Houllier tried to bring him to Liverpool back in 1999, but that he as a young 22-year-old wanted more game-time than the Frenchman was offering.
“Liverpool came in for me when I was at West Brom”, Kilbane stated. “Yeah, they tried to sign me.
“It was Houllier. He basically said to me that he was going to put me in the reserves for a year or two. And then Leeds came in and I wanted to go there. I wouldn’t change it.”
In the end, it was Sunderland that Kilbane ended up with, a four-year spell that ended in quarrel.