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Liverpool Move “Was Never An Option”

Everton fullback Leighton Baines says there was never a chance of him joining rivals Liverpool.

The likes of Nick Barmby and Peter Beardsley may have changed Mersey allegiances over the years, but the Kirkby-born left-back is cut from different cloth. How ever much is on offer, Baines insists he would never switch sides.

The former Wigan defender was linked with a move to Anfield in the summer but Baines said:

“As far as I am concerned, it was never an option. When you’re from Liverpool, it’s either Liverpool or Everton, one and not the other.

“Obviously I was aware of the stories but it wouldn’t have got beyond that. You are one and you stick with that — you don’t do both.

“If you’re brought up in the area and know what it means to everyone, you understand it more. Once you know the people and you’re a part of it, it’s not something you do.

“To be honest most of the time I hear about these things from a phone call or text.

“About 90 per cent of the time that’s how it’s brought to my attention. My mates are always asking me about stuff, but I’ve usually not heard about it.

“They are more aware of rumours and stuff going around than me because they’re probably on the forums looking for stuff.

“Quite often in the window they will ask ‘have you heard this or that,’ and it’s the first I know of it. I try and detach myself from football when I’m not playing it.”

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  1. Lar Larkin

    October 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Leighton, it was never an option as LFC didn’t want you…simples. King Kenny acquired a better all round left back for a third of Moyes’ valuation of you. PS thanks for the assist yesterday…once a red always a red! YNWA

  2. PabloBrown

    October 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Lar Larkin what a tard you are! Baines is twice the player Enrique is, that is way Liverpool had no competition for his signature, even though he was going for less than 6 million. Liverpool maybe happy with the three points, but it was a hollow victory, as Everton were the better side up until the sending off. I honestly thought Liverpool were shite yesterday, the play acting by their players was embarrassing, the Everton fans and players maybe reeling from the unjust defeat,but at least they have their dignity.

  3. Ian

    October 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Hope Hibbert has his after that tackle. Thats career threatening. Dignity yer avin a giraffe Pablo.

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