Jonjo Shelvey has spoken about his Liverpool exit ahead of the club's visit to St James's Park.
Shelvey started his senior career at Charlton Athletic before moving to Anfield as a teenager in 2010.
The Newcastle United midfielder, pushing for a recall to Rafa Benitez's starting XI for Sunday's game, spent three years at Liverpool.
Shelvey reluctantly left the club in search of first-team football.
The London-born player signed for Swansea City in 2013.
"It was a good, historic club," Shelvey told NUFC TV. "It was good to play for.
"I had a few managers in my time there. It was not always easy, and obviously being a young lad moving from London to Liverpool it wasn't that easy to go straight in and play, but I felt like I did well there.
"I had the choice whether to leave or stay. I was at the age where I wanted to play more and more games, and I ended up moving to Swansea from Liverpool.
"It was a massive club, and in hindsight it was a big call to move from Liverpool, but I felt it was the right one at the time.
"I feel like it paid off, as I ended up playing a lot more games."