Charlie Adam is loving life at Liverpool - a club he never thought he would get the chance to play for after the January transfer window.
The Scottish international midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Anfield at the start of 2011, but Blackpool held firm in their bid for Barclays Premier League survival, keeping their captain at Bloomfield Road.
However, final day failure at Manchester United opened the door to a possible Reds switch once again, and Adam insists Liverpool were the only club he ever wanted to join.
"When the January window passed I never thought it would come back again. I never heard anything for the rest of the season and thought that was it," he told The Liverpool Way.
"I was just concentrating on Blackpool, but fortunately Kenny Dalglish gave me the opportunity to sign in the summer.
"The first I knew it could happen again was when the bids came in and I told the chairman Liverpool was the only club I was interested in. Fortunately he did the deal with Damien (Comolli) to let me join the club."
Whilst Adam admits it was a difficult decision to take when the initial chance of a move to Liverpool was rejected, he acknowledges that the Tangerines made the decision for footballing reasons and it was one he accepts.
But, the chance to further his career at Liverpool was one he didn't want to pass by for a second time, and the player is now in-line to face Everton in the Merseyside derby this weekend.
"I had to get my head around the fact I was not a Liverpool player, I was still a Blackpool player. That was tough," Adam continued.
"One thing I was never going to hide was the fact I wanted to join Liverpool. Once the opportunity was there it was an honour for me to be even linked with the club. When the manager and chairman made the decision I could not leave in January I respected that.
"I knew my staying could have helped Blackpool stay in the league, but when you reach a stage of your career where there is a chance to play at a higher level, you know you might not get it again and want to grab with both hands."
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