Bowyer's Reds move collapses

Last updated : 22 July 2002 By Brian Cartlidge
The influential midfielder had looked set to be changing clubs until Sunday, when Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier called off the proposed transfer.

Bowyer was placed on the transfer list by Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale, but says he never wanted to leave and had "reservations" about a move to Liverpool.

"I never asked to go on the transfer list and made it clear to Mr Ridsdale that I had reservations when they accepted Liverpool's bid," he said.

"So it is probably in the best interest of all parties that the deal did not go through.

"The arrival of Terry Venables was also a major factor in my thinking that this was not the right time to be leaving Elland Road.

"With the players we have and with Venables as manager I genuinely believe we have an excellent chance of winning something this season."