Charlie Adam: I was only interested in joining Liverpool
Scotland international admits he had his heart set on sealing a move to Anfield after January bids
Charlie Adam has revealed he had no intention of leaving Blackpool for any club other than Liverpool once he had learned of The Reds’ interest.
The 25-year-old midfielder admits his head was turned by the prospect of moving to Anfield in January, but Blackpool were keen not to lose their captain mid-way through the season and rejected the Merseysiders’ approaches.
Adam thought his chance to join Liverpool had gone before Kenny Dalglish made signing the Scotland international one of the club’s summer priorities.
“When the January window passed I never thought it would come back again,” Adam, who joined The Reds for around £7m in July, told The Liverpool Way.
“I never heard anything for the rest of the season and thought that was it. 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.”
The midfielder admits it was difficult for him to focus on helping Blackpool for the rest of the season after discovering Liverpool’s interest.
He continued: “I had to get my head around the fact I was not a Liverpool player, I was still a Blackpool player. That was tough.
“I am not going to lie about it. It was tough for a few weeks after that too. 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.”