On-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll believes he was never given the chance to succeed on Merseyside before being farmed out to West Ham during the summer transfer window.
Carroll joined the Hammers before the transfer window slammed shut having failed to make an impact at Anfield following his £35 million move from Newcastle in 2011.
The England striker played just 18 minutes in the Premier League under Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers before moving to Upton Park, and says he felt like he was frozen out on Merseyside.
"I haven't really had a fair chance at Liverpool," the 23-year-old told the Daily Mirror.
"I was really told that I should move on to keep playing regular football, and obviously then Sam wanted me here and told me I would be playing regular games.
"So, for me it was a no-brainer coming here and to play.
"Obviously, I didn't really get a chance there. A new manager came in and I wasn't part of his plans. For me to play football, that was my chance to do that. That is why I am here at Upton Park.
"I think I could fit into every system. I believe in what I can do. Obviously he [Rodgers] has his beliefs and he didn't think that.
"But for me, obviously, it was better to move on instead of waiting for my chance - which he told me might not come."
Carroll has made a positive impact since moving to West Ham despite not yet hitting the back of the net.
The 23-year-old says he is happy to have been given the chance to play regular football away from Liverpool – and admits he is keen to show what he can do.
"Coming here, I have got a great chance to start games and score goals, which I haven't really had many of last season.
"I don't think I have got a point to prove, that is the wrong way to put it.
"I know what I can do and the ability I have got. I know what I am capable of.
"If other people don't believe it, that is fine. I just get on with it.