Lee Bowyer, once of West Ham, has admitted that the biggest regret in his career to date is rejecting the chance to join Liverpool back when he was playing for Leeds United, when speaking to Sky Sports on Monday night.
Bowyer, a boyhood Hammers fan, spent two separate spells in east London. He first joined for a six month loan spell in January 2003. The now Charlton boss then rejoined West Ham in 2006, and stayed at Upton Park for three years.
The midfielder enjoyed his best years with Leeds United, however.
The 43-year-old spent six-and-a-half years at Elland Road. He was a key figure for the Whites during their run to the Champions League semi-final in 2001.
Bowyer was always a popular figure at Leeds, as he was at West Ham. But could the midfielder have achieved more in his career?
The Charlton boss told Sky Sports that his biggest regret during his career is rejecting the chance to join Liverpool:
“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. 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.”
Perhaps Bowyer would have gone on to bigger and better things, had he joined Liverpool. Who knows?
All things considered, however, he didn’t do too badly.
And it’s very much a case of what might have been.