Andy Carroll has revealed he didn't have a clue who his Liverpool team mates were after making his £35m transfer to Anfield.
The Newcastle United striker admits he used Google to research the star names he was about to join.
Carroll says he “just didn't watch football,” at the time Liverpool paid a transfer record for a British player.
Carroll is attempting to relaunch his career back at St James' Park, after leaving almost nine years ago for Merseyside.
He is several weeks away from fitness for Steve Bruce's troubled side, and has vowed to get back as soon as possible to aid his home town club.
Carroll, 29, has revealed how the Liverpool switch on deadline day in January 2011 came as a shock - requiring hasty internet searched in a helicopter.
He said: “When I was last here (in Newcastle), I’d go home, mess about with my mates, play football, go out, whatever, but I’d never watch football, I never knew any players.
“I’d wake up on the Saturday morning saying, ‘who are we playing?’ It was just completely oblivious to all the football that was going on.
“I would work at the training ground and knew my tactics, but until we had a meeting I didn’t know who we were playing, unless I asked someone.
“When I was in the helicopter down to Liverpool, I was like, ‘I know Stevie G, I know Carragher. Who else?’ My agent at the time had to tell me, and I would get it on Google and find out the team.
“It’s bad because it’s Liverpool players, but it’s not disrespectful – I just literally didn’t watch football, so I didn’t know.
“It was mad. I was in the gym on the bike doing some work and it came up on Sky Sports News – £20 million rejected, £25 million rejected, £30 million rejected. Everyone’s coming in saying, ‘what’s happening?’, and I was like, basically, ‘I’m not going anywhere, I’ve got a new contract here’.
“And then suddenly it was, ‘go and see the gaffer’. Next thing I knew I was in a helicopter to Liverpool.
“I was happy, just about to sign a new deal, and then gone. I’d just bought a house, I’d just got a cat. It was in the house, and I never went back to the house – I left in the helicopter and my brother had to have the cat!”