Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has revealed he hoped that he would fail his medical ahead of his £35m move to Liverpool.
Carroll was a success at Newcastle, scoring 17 goals and making 12 assists in the 39 Championship games, when they earned promotion back to the Premier League.
The striker, who currently plays for French side Amiens, went on to score 11 goals in 19 games by January, attracting interest from Liverpool.
Carroll told L’Equipe: “From the moment Liverpool made this incredible bid on deadline day, I found myself in a helicopter, without really understanding why.
“As I was injured, I remember hoping to fail my medical.”
Carroll joined Liverpool in the same window as Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.