Liverpool midfielder James Milner says that he has no regrets about leaving Manchester City, admitting that his chances of regular football would have been unlikely given the competition for places.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a steady start to life on Merseyside following a Bosman move in the summer, netting six times in all competitions.
Milner, who won two Premier League titles during a five-year stint at Eastlands, comes up against his former team-mates when the Reds square off with City in Sunday's Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Since leaving, the Citizens have bolstered their wide options by signing Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne for over £110 million, and Milner concedes that the prospect of first-team football would have looked bleak had he stayed.
"Looking at the players City signed, I’m not sure I would have kept a couple of £50-£60 million players out of the team," he told the Daily Mail.
"I am coming to the part of my career where I want to play more football. I was fortunate enough to win everything at City. They hadn’t won anything for such a long time. I wanted to go there and help them achieve success and we managed to do that."
The England international is vying to win the competition for a second time, having helped City clinch the 2013-14 edition of the tournament.