By Craig McWalter
July 1 2002
Nicolas Anelka says he was not offered a new deal with Liverpool because he stood up to Manager Gerard Houllier. Read on For Full Story
Houllier didn't like me standing up to him - Anelka
Manchester City star Nicolas Anelka says he was not offered a permanent contract at Anfield because he stood up to Manager Gerard Houllier.
Anelka who spent 5 months of last season on loan at Liverpool said he did not price himself out of a move to Anfield and that he had no problems what so ever with the Reds management team.
"It seems that Gerard Houllier did not appreciate my personality," Anelka told the Daily Star.
"It bothers him to have someone around who could stand up to him.
"I did not price myself out of Liverpool. Everything was going fine with me and the team.
"I proved what I was capable of. I had no problems with the management. So it was down to the coach."
added: "Manchester City is by no means a step backwards for me. It's
a great club and I am very happy to be there."