Barcelona’s signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng was one of the shock moves of the January transfer window.
The talented midfielder has had an intriguing career, showing his undoubted quality in the Premier League with Tottenham and Portsmouth Portsmouth and enjoying two spells with AC Milan.
He is now at one of the biggest clubs in world football after his surprise loan move from Sassuolo, although he is a squad player for the Catalan side who are preparing to take on Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Boateng has revealed how he regrets not applying himself sooner and becoming a star Manchester United player for the bulk of his career.
“Mentality is crucial,” Boateng told Goal. “I started too late to really think about [my career]. Of course I regret that.
“As an 18-year-old, I would have needed an agent or a family to push me in the right direction. I would have liked that. But I had to fix everything myself.
“I know very well that I have also failed with my motivation, which has not always been 100 per cent there.
Boateng has made just two appearances for Barcelona since his January arrival and is unlikely to feature against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.
He almost joined the German boss at Borussia Dortmund after a loan spell when he was a Spurs player back in 2009 only for the deal to fall through.
“BVB missed only one goal at the time for Champions League qualification,” he recalled. “Had Dortmund qualified for Europe at the time, they would have bought me.
“Klopp called me personally and told me that it did not work out. I was very sad about that and the normally always tough Prince cried.
“At the time, I guessed that something big could happen in Dortmund, so I wanted to stay. But it wasn’t meant to happen.”