Kirkland happy at Hawthorns
By Tom Latchem. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Brom loanee Chris Kirkland insists he has 'no regrets' about leaving Liverpool, despite swapping UEFA Champions League football for a potential relegation battle.
The 24-year-old has been blighted with injuries since his £6million move from Coventry to Anfield in August 2001 - setbacks that cost him a place in last season's European glory - and made only 45 appearances in that time.
Kirkland was tipped for England stardom before the horrendous run of injuries but has since fallen down the pecking order on Merseyside, with coach Rafa Benitez bringing in Jose Reina to compete with Jerzy Dudek and Scott Carson.
The former Under 21 stopper insists he is just happy just to be in with a chance of first-team football at The Hawthorns and told The Daily Express: "I have no regrets about leaving Liverpool on loan.
"The gaffer said I wouldn't get much of a look-in and it all depends on what your appetite for the game is.
"I could have sat there and picked up my money but I'm not like that - I love playing and training.
"Bryan Robson and West Brom gave me the chance and hopefully I can repay them."
Kirkland is battling with last season's first choice Russell Hoult - who is currently out injured - and Tomasz Kuszczak for the West Brom number one jersey.