Although my dad Harry is the manager of West Ham, we get on very well.
As I say, you get labelled. To stop all that, I’ve got to win things – that’s the only way you make your mark.
At no point was my career under threat, so I always knew that I would get back into action.
But I just want to be known for my football.
But I’ve never once thought that I wouldn’t get back, as if you do think like that, then you’re in trouble.
But there’s no point in looking back and saying I was unlucky.
But what goes on in my life outside of the game should be my business.
From a personal point of view I want some medals because that is what you aim for when you start out playing.
I am a positive person and do not allow things to get on top of me.
I enjoy spending time at home or going out for a quiet meal in a restaurant.
I have always passed the ball and worked on that part of my game.
I haven’t achieved as much as I should have done in my career.
I know I’m 25 now, but there’s still that little lad inside me who likes his dad there to see him.
I never got to the point when I felt like running away from it all.
I suppose it hacks me off sometimes when people go on about all the other stuff, because I have really worked hard at my game, and I’ve been incredibly dedicated in getting myself fit, and getting my game right.
I’m a footballer, that’s my job and that’s all I want to be known for.
I’m enjoying myself this year and for once I’m not chasing my fitness.
I’m looking out for myself, but I’m looking out for my dad, too.
I’ve been at Liverpool for eight years, and the time has come for us to start achieving.
I’ve had two or three injuries when with England and it’s been a bit bizarre.
In the past I’ve had a bad injury, and then struggled when I’ve got back because I’ve been unfit.
It’s important we win and because of the players we have we should win some matches in style.
It’s not enough just being a good passer of the ball.
My dad knows the business, and he tells me I’ve got to do what’s best for me.
Once Liverpool had asked me to sign again, there was no hesitation.
People always seem to be interested in my private life because I’m married to a pop star.
People ask me why I keep getting injured but I have just had to accept it is one of those things that happen.
People have always thought of me as a passer of the ball, but you can’t just be that these days.
Sometimes, you just get a label and it sticks.
The way I am, I like to look forward instead of looking back.
There is pressure every day as a footballer.
We need to win something for the fans because they have been patient and very understanding and we owe them.
You can’t play when you’re not 100% fit especially at this level.
You have to be professional and think about the future.
You want to win things and I am at a club where we have the players to do that.
You’ve got to do it all, the physical as well as the skilful.