Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was keen on signing the Aston Villa defender this summer.
“I just felt that I perhaps had more of a chance, if I could get my head down and keep going, of getting in the first team at Aston Villa than I did of getting in at Liverpool,” Young said in the Daily Mirror.
“At 31, I didn’t really want to go anywhere and, on matchday, feel I was there as a back-up.
“I pretty much knew that with Glen Johnson the England No.1 right-back at Anfield, I’d be watching in the Premier League and maybe playing in Europe.
“I had the feeling the offer was as kind of a back-up for left-back and right-back.”