Andy Carroll has admitted he wanted to fail his medical at Liverpool to scupper his record-breaking transfer in 2011.
Liverpool moved for the Newcastle striker on deadline day of the January transfer window, having agreed to sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea .
Carroll arrived at Anfield in a £35 million deal - making him the club's most expensive signing at the time - on the same day that Luis Suarez joined the Reds.
But the Geordie star revealed he was keen to remain on Tyneside, though Newcastle chiefs felt the deal was too good to turn down.
"Do you know what," Carroll told the Mail , "I was injured at the time, and all I'm thinking is, 'Please, just fail the medical'.
"I remember leaving here [Newcastle's training ground] in Kevin Nolan's car because loads of people were outside. We went to his house and watched it on TV. I was like, 'I'm not going'. I'd just bought a house, and a cat the day before!
"But then I was told, 'You're going', and that was that."
Carroll had caught Liverpool's attention after scoring 11 times in 19 league games by January of that season, which had also earned him a first call-up to the England team.
He made a total of 58 appearances during his spell at Liverpool, scoring 11 times, including a late winner in the FA Cup semi-final against rivals Everton in 2012.
But he failed to truly endear himself to the Reds' fans, before moving on at the end of the following season, starting with an initial loan to West Ham before making the switch permanent.
His time at the Hammers was blighted by injury, and Carroll has since returned to his boyhood club, just as he wished the day he left for Liverpool.
"The minute I got on that helicopter [to Liverpool] I wanted to come back," Carroll added. "I knew it had to happen. Whatever age, I needed to walk back on that pitch and play for Newcastle again."