Kirkland gives up on Reds dream
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Kirkland believes his chances with Liverpool may have disappeared.
Chris Kirkland is resigned to the fact that his chances with Liverpool may have disappeared permanently.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper has secured a six-month loan at Wigan for the first half of the season, and is focused solely on performing for The Latics.
And he believes he will never realise his ambitions with Liverpool following The Reds' decision to loan him out, with Jose Reina firmly embedded as the number one at Anfield.
"I think Liverpool have closed the door on me rather than I have closed the door on them," he said.
"Unfortunately things just haven't worked out for me there.
"Moving to Wigan is a new challenge for me. It's really like starting my career all over again."
Kirkland has been plagued by injuries for the last few years, but he has been buoyed by the faith shown in him by Wigan boss Paul Jewell and is looking to repay him on the pitch.
"It is a great boost from the club, because they have shown plenty of faith in me when a lot of people would not have gone near me with my injury record," he thanked.
Kirkland capped off his return to fitness with an assured debut display for England on Wednesday, and is now looking to displace Paul Robinson as first choice.
"Everyone knows it has been a frustrating last couple of years but this is fantastic. I was pleased to be involved," he enthused.
"It has been a tough time but I have always tried to remain positive.
"I have to try to challenge Paul now. I have got to push on with my club form."