Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia admits he considered retiring at the end of the season before agreeing to join Bayer Leverkusen.
The 35-year-old signed for the Reds in 1999 and he is set to bring the curtain down on a memorable Anfield career in Sunday's final game of the season against Tottenham.
Hyypia - who is keen to move into coaching when he eventually quits playing - has only missed out on the Premier League title during his time with Liverpool.
And the centre-back confesses that, after a successful stint on Merseyside, he did think about retiring, but a belief in his ability and discussions with former team-mate Gary McAllister made his decision.
"I seriously thought about hanging my boots up at the end of this season, but after speaking to many people, including Gary McAllister, I decided to carry on," he said.
Challenge"I still feel I have something to give the game."
Hyypia regrets not winning a league trophy during his time in England, but he is confident Rafa Benitez's side, who can guarantee second spot with a point against Spurs, are well placed for the future.
"I was confident we would do it this time," he added when asked about ending Liverpool's 19-year wait for the title.
"But the club have a good base to challenge for the title next season, when it might happen.
"I am more sad for the fans than I am myself that Liverpool haven't yet won the Premier League. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will get what they deserve."