Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that his head was turned by interest from Chelsea.
The 108-cap England international was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in both the summer of 2004 and 2005, and was even applauded by Blues supporters during a League Cup final.
But, despite the individual unrest that the 33-year-old was experiencing at Anfield at the time, a move never came to fruition, and he eventually stayed with Liverpool. He's been there ever since.
“It did turn my head, because big things were happening at Chelsea, they were spending huge amounts of money and at Liverpool at the time we were struggling and my relationship with Benitez was a bit up and down,” he told The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport 1.
The links to Chelsea grew strong when Jose Mourinho took charge at Stamford Bridge, and oversaw one of the most successful spells in the club's history.
Roman Abramovich spent millions making the Blues a force both domestically and in Europe, and back-to-back Premier League titles followed in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
Chelsea have also won four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League in the Abramovich era.
There haven't been quite as many trophies at Liverpool for Gerrard, but he has become a club legend after 15-years spent on Merseyside.
He was part of the side that won a Cup treble in 2001, and then inspired the Anfield outfit to an incredible Champions League comeback victory against AC Milan.
Yet to lift a Premier League title with Liverpool, he'll hope to change that in the later stages of his career with Brendan Rodgers at the helm.
Watch the full Steven Gerrard interview on The Clare Balding Show, which is broadcast live at 9pm on Saturday night.
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