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Damien Duff Says He Rejected Liverpool Twice and Cried When Leaving Chelsea

Damien Duff Says He Rejected Liverpool Twice and Cried When Leaving Chelsea

Damien Duff has been explaining why he turned down advances from Liverpool during his playing career not once but twice, and also how upset he was at leaving Chelsea back in 2006.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder is now retired but once upon a time he was one of the most feared wingers in the British game, and helped form an exciting front three at Stamford Bridge with Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba.

But a lack of guaranteed game time forced Duff to move on after three years with Chelsea, and he eventually opted for Newcastle – even though he could have signed for Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, the 37-year-old explained: “I came close [to joining Liverpool] two or three times. The first was a year or two before I signed for Chelsea [in 2003].

“I would have gone there, but Blackburn wanted a big fee so not too many clubs could afford to buy me back then!”

And on moving to Anfield when leaving Chelsea, Duff added: “I had friends at Newcastle – Scott Parker, Shay Given – and I wanted to give that a real go, but I had a disaster. I gave them everything but sometimes moves don’t work out.”

Duff might have won two Premier League titles whilst at Chelsea but it was still a wrench to leave the club and he admits to breaking down when his departure had been confirmed.

He revealed: “I cried on the day that I left [Chelsea] – looking back, that probably should have told me I was making the wrong call, as I never cried when I left Blackburn, Newcastle or Fulham, or even when I retired. But it was my own decision.”

It’s easy to forget just how good a player was back in his prime – could signing him have changed Liverpool’s fortunes back then? Could he have helped the Reds claim a Premier League title?

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