"That was the lowest moment of my football career, without a doubt. I came off the pitch at the end and I was absolutely devastated. I had spoken to a journalist in the Midlands before the game and he totally stitched me up. He took my words completely out of context, saying that I called the Liverpool players "Spice Boys". That never happened."
Collymore recalls when he was booed off Anfield while playing with Villa
"I would love the chance one day to go back to Anfield, either as a fan or maybe to go onto the pitch, and say thank you to everybody because they are the most special fans in the world. To play in front of them was the best experience of my career."
Collymore reflecting on his relationship with the Kop
"Players have moods, a bit like wives, You don't quite know what they are going to do. It's very frustrating. We know the talent he's got. It's a matter of producing that all the time."
Roy Evans on Stan The Man March 1997
"Stan was a great lad, still is a great lad and I've always said that in his time at Liverpool, particularly the first season, he and Robbie were brilliant together. Even now if you look through Robbie's career, the best partner he's ever had was Stan.
Stan did a lot of things we didn't want him to do but he had the ability to do a lot of things no one else could. But we started getting problems with him in his second year when sometimes he didn't turn up for training. You could see the other players wondering what was going on."
Evans in May 2003 on royevans.net
"Obviously Stan never really settled up here. His mother has not been in the best of health and he wanted to be near her. Stan is a good player and I still think he has massive potential."
Roy Evans on 13.05.1997
"Stan only seemed to turn it on when he felt like it, and he didn't exactly endear himself to his team-mates when he was quoted in a magazine article as saying that he was disappointed with the service he was getting, and that, when he joined Liverpool, he expected to be surrounded by better players. He turned on the other players in the team when he should have been looking at himself. When the lads read what he'd said the attitude of virtually everyone in the squad was 'fuck you Stan'.
Stan didn't make any attempt to get on with the lads and, although I used to sit next to him on the coach and try and make conversation with him, I could never claim to know him. Nobody did. He'd turn up for training, do his work, get changed and go home. Not exactly conducive to good team spirit, so I think most of the lads were relieved when he was finally flogged off to Aston Villa."
If you'd been at school, he would have been the boy who ate worms.
Neil Ruddock on Collymore
"I must say it brought a lump to my throat. I've had my ups and downs over the last three years, but now to come to a club like this, where they all want you to do so well, it was a bit emotional.
When the ball went in, it felt as if my head exploded. This is just why I wanted to be a footballer. People put pressure on you and say this, that and the other but there really is no feeling like that and to be able to share it with such a genuine group of supporters and players is such a privilege for me.
Obviously there is going to be some modification in our play because my trademark is to get in behind people and to get in quite early. The way we play, sometimes we keep the ball and as the season goes on, there will be a bit of compromise between the two styles. Hopefully it will bring the best out of me and the best out of other lads."
Collymore on his dream debut for LFC vs. Sheffield Wednesday
"If I felt now that I'd be stuck at Liverpool for the next two years and just be average, and just go through the motions, I would give up football tomorrow without a doubt. At the moment I feel like - where do I go, what do I do? I certainly don't feel that by leaving me out he's taking the pressure off me. I don't know of any other industry that would lay out 8.5 million pounds on anything and then not have some plan from day one of how they're going to use it."
Stan Collymore was not too thrillled being dropped by Roy Evans
"I was being wound up all game and was getting racial abuse ... Harkness called me a coon. There were also other things said that were even worse. It was racial abuse of the worst kind and totally out of order ... It hurt me very much indeed and I am still considering whether to make an official complaint. I went out of my way to tell the black players at Liverpool what had happened. Harkness has to live with them as well as himself."
Stan Collymore made public accusations against his former colleague, Liverpool defender Steve Harkness, after playing for Aston Villa at Villa Park in March 1998