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Sigurdsson happy he chose Spurs over Liverpool

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Gylfi Sigurdsson believes Tottenham's lofty position in the Premier League proves he made the right decision to turn down Liverpool in favour of a move to Spurs last summer.

The Icelandic midfielder was expected to link up with Brendan Rodgers last summer after successful spells under his guidance at Reading and Swansea, but sealed a move to Tottenham instead and has insisted he is content with his decision, even though he has taken time to find his feet in the Spurs starting line-up.

"It was hard to turn down Liverpool because I knew Brendan," Sigurdsson told reporters. "It wasn't about the history at Liverpool because that is incredible, but I had to make a choice and I went with Tottenham.

"You can see how well this club has been doing over the last few years. They finished fourth last year and they did well in the Champions League two years before that.

"There was a lot going on here at Tottenham with the new training ground and the plans for another stadium. This is a great club with fantastic players and I'm pleased I made the choice I did. Hopefully we can be in the Champions League next season.

"You never know how things might be in this game. It could be that we were seventh in the table now and Liverpool could have been third because it is all close."

Sigurdsson is looking forward to his Premier League meeting with Rodgers on Sunday at Anfield, as he is eager to build on what he hails as his best performance in a Spurs shirt in the Europa League against Inter Milan on Wednesday night.

"I owe him a lot for giving me an opportunity at Reading and then for giving me my first chance in the Premier League with Swansea," Sigurdsson said. "It was really hard to tell him I didn't want to play for him this time but it will be really good to see him on Sunday.

"Hopefully I get a chance to continue in the team because I feel as if my performance against Inter Milan was my best game for Spurs. It is good to get two starts in a row and these are the games you want to play in.

"It was really important to get my first league goal [against West Ham]. Now I've got my second European goal. It gave me a bit of a lift and hopefully we can continue that run and build on it."

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