Dirk Kuyt Craig Bellamy Ryan Babel Fabio Aurelio
Alberto Aquilani Charlie Adam Maxi Rodriguez
Nathan Eccleston David Amoo Stephen Darby
Fernando Torres Raul Meireles David Ngog
Paul Konchesky Christian Poulsen Emiliano Insua Philipp Degen
Thomas Ince Milan Jovanovic Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Javier Mascherano Yossi Benayoun Andriy Voronin Andrea Dossena
Charles Itandje Damien Plessis Lauri Dalla Valle
Nicolas Anelka Gary McAllister Christian Ziege Nick Barmby
Stephen Wright Jari Litmanen Pegguy Arphexad Bernard Diomede
Vegard Heggem Markus Babbel Emile Heskey Abel Xavier
Vladimir Smicer Mauricio Pellegrino El-Hadji Diouf Alou Diarra
Igor Biscan Gregory Vignal Richie Partridge Paul Harrison
Jon Otsemobor Mark Smyth Antonio Nunez Milan Baros
John Welsh Josemi Fernando Morientes Zak Whitbread
Bruno Cheyrou Neil Mellor Robbie Fowler Jerzy Dudek
Daniele Padelli Craig Bellamy Mark Gonzalez
Chris Kirkland Paul Jones Gabriel Paletta Darren Potter
David Raven Djibril Cisse Bolo Zenden Stephen Warnock
Jan Kromkamp Momo Sissoko John Arne Riise Harry Kewell
Anthony Le Tallec Peter Crouch Danny Guthrie Robbie Keane
Steve Finnan      

Thursday, October 18, 2007

PAST PLAYER PROFILE - Fernando Morientes

Fernando Morientes : Striker (2005-2006)
Date of Birth: 5-4-1976
Birthplace: Spain
Debut : 15th January 2005. v Manchester United (H)
1st team games: 61
1st team goals: 12
International caps: 43
International goals: 27
Other clubs: Real Zaragoza, Real Madrid, Monaco, Valencia.
Honours with Liverpool: UEFA Super Cup 2006, FA Cup 2006


Fernando Morientes joined the Spanish revolution at Anfield in January 2005 from Real Madrid and he arrived with a great reputation as a world class striker and a deadly finisher.

Benitez had long been an admirer of Morientes and tried to sign him before the start of the 2004/05 season but Madrid wouldn't do business. Morientes spent the entire 2003/04 season on loan at Monaco and was the top scorer in the Champions League with nine goals as the French side reached the final only to lose to Jose Mourinho's Porto. Amongst the nine Champions League goals Morientes scored for Monaco, two came against ironically Real Madrid followed by another effort against Chelsea in the semi-final.
Morientes had started his career with Real Zaragoza where he scored 28 goals in 66 games. He continued this form after moving to Madrid in July 1997, averaging almost a goal every other game in the championship-winning team of 2000/01. None, however, was more celebrated than his strike in the 3-0 win against Valencia CF in the 2000 UEFA Champions League final.

Having waited patiently for his man Benitez swooped to bring Morientes to Liverpool in January 2005 and it was certainly a signing that captured the imagination of the fans. He made his Reds debut in January 2005 against Manchester United at Anfield but short of match fitness, he struggled to make an impact. It was clear that when Morientes signed for Liverpool he would need some time to settle in and get used to the physical side and pace of the Premiership.

He scored his first Liverpool goal in his fourth game for the club which was a fantastic individual striker away at Charlton Athletic. Morientes also made an impact on his Merseyside derby debut when he created a goal for Luis Garcia after his rasping drive had come back off the bar. However, Morientes also picked up an injury in the derby and being ineligible for the Champions League that was more or less his season over.

It was said that Morientes needed a good pre-season ahead of the 2005/06 season to get the best out of him and he was certainly showing signs that he could be a real success at Anfield. Unfortunately the campaign was disrupted by niggling injuries although he did show the real Morientes with two superb goals in a 2-0 Anfield win over Middlesbrough.

He played in the Super Cup win over CSKA Moscow and also in the FA Cup win over West Ham when he came on after 48 minutes in place of the injured Harry Kewell. That was to be his final appearance in a red shirt as he returned to Spain in May 2006 when he signed for Valencia.


Josemi. : Defender 2004-05

Date of Birth: : 15-11-1979
Birthplace: Spainl
1st team games: 35
Former Club Malaga
Liverpool debut: V Grazer AK, 10th August 2004. Won 2-0.

Better known as Josemi, he was Rafael Benitez's first Liverpool signing and he left the club at the start of January 2006 to move back to Spain with Villarreal, as part of the deal that saw Dutchman Jan Kromkamp arrive at Anfield.

He had the full name of Jose Miguel Gonzales Rey and joined the club from Malaga during the summer of 2004, in time for the summer tour of the USA and Canada.
Josemi made his Liverpool debut in Austria when the Reds started their Champions League campaign against Grazer AK.

He started off reasonably well at right back but was to soon lose his place to Steve Finnan and he struggled for pace and adapting to the English game before a knee injury put him out of action for up to four months.

It was an injury hit first season in England for Josemi although he did win a Champions League medal as he was an unused substitute against AC Milan in Istanbul.


John Welsh. : Midfield 2003-2005

Date of Birth: 10th January 1984
Birthplace: Liverpool
1st team games: 10
1st team goals: 0

England Under-21 international John Welsh completed a move to Hull City on the first day of 2006 in a swap deal that saw winger Paul Anderson arrive at Liverpool.
A boyhood Liverpudlian who hails from Childwall, Welsh came through the Academy having joined Liverpool at the age of 10.

Welsh made his first team debut as a second half replacement for Vladimir Smicer in a Worthington Cup fourth round tie at home to Ipswich in 2003. He then made his Premiership debut for the Reds as a substitute in the 2-1 Anfield defeat by Arsenal but made just one more appearance for the first team in 2003/04, despite previous manager Gerard Houllier insisting he would play at least 15 games.

A former captain of the Liverpool Reserve team Welsh made seven appearances in the 2004/05 season under the management of Rafael Benitez before he made the move to Hull after an initial successful loan spell.


Milan Baros : Striker
Date of Birth: 28-10-1981
Birthplace: Czech Republic
Debut : v Barcelona, March 2002. Champions League. Drew 0-0.
1st team games: 108
1st team goals: 27
Other clubs: Banik Ostrava
Honours with Liverpool: Champions League 2005, Worthington Cup 2003

Milan Baros bid farewell to Liverpool in August 2005 when he joined Premiership side Aston Villa.

Baros made his last appearance for Liverpool as a substitute in the Premiership 1-0 win over Sunderland at Anfield on August 20th, 2005.

He played his part in Liverpool winning the Champions League and started in the final against AC Milan in Istanbul. Baros played a part in Steven Gerrard winning the penalty which gave Xabi Alonso the chance to make it 3-3.

He was a big fans' favourite at Anfield and was joint top scorer at Liverpool in his final season at the club with 13 goals.

Baros had a very memorable Euro 2004 and was top scorer at the tournament as he hit five goals for the Czech Republic who reached the semi-finals.

Baros had a 2003/04 campaign to forget after a serious leg break at Blackburn ruled him out for six months but the season ended on a high with the Euro 2004 tournament.

Gerard Houllier signed the then little known Baros for 3.5 million in the summer of 2001 but had to wait until he was granted a work permit before arriving at Anfield in December, on the same day Nicolas Anelka was signed.

After a settling in period at Anfield in the reserve team Baros made his breakthrough at Liverpool in the 2002/03 season when he scored 12 goals. He became a Kop favourite and terrorised defenders with his pace and direct running.

Milan scored on his Premiership debut against Bolton when he hit two fantastic goals and hasn't looked back from there.

Strong and skilful, with blistering pace, Baros was dubbed the 'Ostravan Maradona' in his homeland where his impressive form for Banik Ostrava earned him international recognition.

Baros made his Liverpool debut as a substitute for Emile Heskey in Liverpool's Champions League draw against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in March 2002.


Antonio Nunez : Middfield
Date of Birth: 15-1-1979
Birthplace: Spain.
Debut : v Arsenal, 28th November 2004. Won 2-1.
1st team games: 27
1st team goals: 1
Other clubs: San Federico, CD Las Rozas, Real Madrid
Honours with Liverpool: Champions League 2005

Antonio Nunez left Liverpool to return to Spain with Celta Vigo at the start of August 2005 after just one season at Anfield.
Nunez became Rafael Benitez's second signing since taking over as Liverpool manager when he arrived at Anfield in August 2004 as part of the Michael Owen transfer to Real Madrid.

After a nightmare start to his Reds career through a knee injury picked up training, Nunez made his debut coming on as a subsitute in the 2-1 win over Arsenal in November 2004.

Nunez scored his only goal for Liverpool in the Carling Cup final defeat by Chelsea at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. He played a part in Liverpool's Champions League success and was an unused substitute in the Champions League final against AC Milan.

Nunez started his football career with Spanish outfit San Federico before joining nearby third division side CD La Rozas.

In 2001 he was spotted by Real Madrid - the team he idolised as a boy - and scored twice in 24 reserve games in his first season with the Spanish giants.

The following season he struck nine more goals for the reserves before finally earning a place in the first team squad for the 2003-04 campaign.

He made a dream start for Madrid as he netted an equaliser on his debut to secure a 1-1 draw with Villareal in September 2003.


Mark Smyth: Striker 2004-05

Date of Birth: 09/01/1985
Birthplace: Liverpool
1st team games: 1

England Under-20 international Mark Smyth was released by Liverpool at the end of the 2004/05 season.
Smyth fulfilled a childhood ambition when he made his Liverpool debut in the Carling Cup quarter-final win at Tottenham in December 2004, and made a lively impact.

A product of the Academy and a lifelong red, he idolised Ian Rush when he was growing up and is hoping to follow in his hero's footsteps by making it all the way to the Reds' first team.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Jon Otsemobor : Defender 2002-2005
Date of Birth: 23/03/1983
Birthplace: Liverpool
1st team games: 6
Other clubs: Hull City loan, Bolton Wanderers loan, Crewe Alexandra loan

Right back Jon Otsemobor has been released by Liverpool at the end of the 2004/05 season and joined League Two side Rotherham United.

Semi enjoyed a three month loan spell with Crewe Alexandra during the 2004/05 season but couldn't make a breakthrough at Liverpool under Rafael Benitez.

In the 2003/04 season Otsemobor was given a first team chance and made a big impression on the Liverpool fans when he was given a run of five games and did really well.

However in his fifth game he was substituted by Gerard Houllier after 20 minutes in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City, and was never seen again for the remainder of the season.

In a shock move Otsemobor was then loaned out by Houllier to Bolton Wanderers but after playing just 45 minutes for the first team cut short that move to return to Liverpool.

It was in the summer of 2002 that Otsemobor moved down to Melwood to train with the first team having been a regular in Hughie McAuley's under-19 side at the Academy.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Paul Harrison: Goalkeeper 2003-2005 :
Date of Birth: 18/12/1984
Birthplace: Liverpool

Paul Harrison was released by Liverpool following the end of the 2004/05 season and started a trial with Chester City.

Harrison was a regular for the Reserve team but never made a first team appearance for the club despite being on the bench a number of times. Harrison had a good local following at reserve level and gave a number of man of the match performances for the team.

He had a one month loan spell at Leeds United in 2005 but didn't play a game.

PAST PLAYER PROFILE - Richie Partridge

Richie Partridge: Midfield 1999-2005
Date of Birth: 12/09/1980
Birthplace: Dublin
Other clubs: Coventry City loan
1st team games: 3

Republic of Ireland Under-21 international winger Richie Partridge has been released by Liverpool at the end of the 2004/05 season.

He scored on his senior bow in a 4-0 friendly win at Bournemouth in the 1999/2000 season and then got a first team chance in the emphatic Worthington Cup 4th Round 8-0 victory at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium in November 2000. Partridge started on the right wing in the Reds record 8-0 away victory.

Since that 45 minutes at Stoke he had to wait four more years for another first team chance under Rafael Benitez. Partridge made impressive substitute appearances in the Carling Cup wins over Middlesbrough and Tottenham en route to the final.

Unfortunately he suffered many injury problems during his time at Liverpool. Partridge had a serious cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in a collision with a team-mate during a reserve match in November 2003 that kept him out of action for up to 10 months.

He also spent the entire 2002/03 season on loan at Coventry City and received many favourable reviews for his performances.


Gregory Vignal : Defender (2000-2005)
Date of Birth: 19/07/1981
Birthplace: Montpellier
1st team games: 20
1st team goals: 0
Other clubs: Montpellier, Rennes, Bastia, Espanyol, Rangers
International caps while with Liverpool: European Championship winner with French U-18 team
International goals while with Liverpool: -
Honours with Liverpool: FA Cup 2001, UEFA Cup 2001, UEFA Super Cup 2001

Left back Gregory Vignal spent the entire 2004/05 season on loan at Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers and won a championship medal, before leaving Anfield in the summer of 2005 to join Premiership side Portsmouth.

Vignal was a regular in pre-season for Liverpool ahead of the 2003/04 season but was then shipped out to Rennes where he had an unhappy loan spell.

Vignal made his breakthrough at Liverpool during the treble campaign of 2000/01 when he looked an outstanding prospect, but for one reason or another things haven't gone as planned since then for Gregory. He has three winners medals from his time with the club as he was an unused substitute in the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup victories in 2001.

The beginning of the end for Vignal at Anfield came after a broken foot ruled him out for most of the 2001/2002 season, and then unable to break back into the first team, ended the 2002-2003 season on a three-month loan with French side Bastia. Vignal also spent the whole of the 2003/04 season on a season long loan at Spanish La Liga strugglers Espanyol.

Vignal made his Reds debut in the FA Cup 3rd Round win over Rotherham United at Anfield in January 2000, after arriving at the club earlier in the season from Montpellier.

He came to Anfield with good pedigree having enjoyed international success during the summer of 2000 when he helped the French under-18 team to victory in the European Youth Championships in Germany.


Igor Biscan : Midfield 2000-2005
Date of Birth: 04/05/1978
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
1st team games: 118
1st team goals: 3
Other clubs: Samobor, Dinamo Zagreb
International caps while with Liverpool: 14
International goals while with Liverpool: 1
Honours with Liverpool: Worthington Cup 2001, Charity Shield 2001, UEFA Super Cup 2001, Worthington Cup 2003, Champions League 2005


Croatian Igor Biscan played a big role in Liverpool winning the Champions League in 2005 with a series of impressive performances in the centre of midfield during the run to the final.
A big money signing at 5.5 million from Dinamo Zagreb in 2000 Biscan originally signed as a central midfielder but former boss Gerard Houllier felt he was a centre half.
However, under Rafael Benitez, Biscan was much improved back in midfield and had some memorable performances in the Champions League against the likes of Deportivo La Coruna, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Chelsea. He was an unused substitute against AC Milan but still deservedly ended up with a winners medal.

It was at the European under-21 Championships in Slovakia, during the summer of 2000, that Liverpool first became aware of Igor Biscan and Gerard Houllier had to beat off competition from Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax and AC Milan to secure his signature.

The highly rated Croatia Zagreb midfielder joined the Reds for 5.5 million in December 2000 and he arrived at Anfield with an impressive track record. Despite his young age he was already a regular in the Croatia national side and had captained his club, Croatia Zagreb, in the Champions League and UEFA Cup.

Biscan did not have long to wait before pulling on a red shirt for the first time. Just two days after signing he came on as a substitute against Ipswich and, although Liverpool lost 1-0, he made an instant impression, showing neat touches and silky skills.

Indeed in the early part of the treble season Igor was excellent in a midfield role during the wins over Manchester United and Arsenal, but despite dominating midfield against the likes of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira was never seen again in the position and used as a right and left sided midfielder, right back and centre half by Houllier.

It was under the management of Benitez that Biscan showed what he could really do and he leaves with good memories of his time at Anfield.


Alou Diarra : Midfield
Date of Birth: 15/07/1981
Birthplace: France
Other clubs: Bayern Munich, Freiburg (loan), Le Harve (loan), Bastia (loan), Lens (loan)

It is fair to suggest that central midfielder Alou Diarra made far more of an impact for his country than he did at Liverpool before he was sold by Rafael Benitez in 2005 to Lens. He was signed by Gerard Houllier from Bayern Munich in 2002 but only played 45 minutes in a pre-season game in Le Havre. He was never seen again in a red shirt but then ended up playing in the 2006 World Cup Final as a substitute for France in their defeat to Italy.

Diarra is now playing under Houllier at Lyon. Before leaving Anfield Diarra spent season long loan spells with Le Havre and Bastia before being transferred to Lens.
Before he signed for Liverpool Diarra had found it hard to break into the Bayern Munich team but did gain experience on loan at German side Freiburg during the 2001-2002 season.

A defensive midfielder, Diarra moved to Bayern Munich from French second division side CS Louhans-Caiseaux in 2000, and appeared during the 2000/01 campaign in Bayern's third-league side.


El-Hadji Diouf : Striker 2002-2005
Date of Birth: 15/01/1981
Birthplace: Senegal
1st team games: 80
1st team goals: 6
Other clubs: ASC Kaani Gui, Socheaux, Rennes, Lens
International caps l: 40
International goal l: 16
Honours with Liverpool: Worthington Cup 2003.

Former record signing El-Hadji Diouf made a permanent switch to Premiership side Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2005 after a successful season loan spell with the Trotters.

African Footballer of the Year 2002 and 2003 El-Hadji Diouf was a major disappointment at Anfield despite a big money 10 million transfer fee when Gerard Houllier signed him from Lens.
Houllier put his faith in Diouf and made the choice to sign him and not take up the permament signing of loan star Nicolas Anelka. It was a decision that was to backfire on the manager as in the end Houllier left the club in the summer of 2004.
Originally signed as a striker but played on the right wing, Diouf scored just six goals in his first season including three in the Worthington Cup.

In 2003/04 he became the first player to wear the number nine at Liverpool not to score a goal for over 50-odd years. He made 33 appearances and went over 14 months without a goal.
After a series of disciplinary problems Diouf was then off-loaded by new manager Rafael Benitez on a season's loan to Bolton Wanderers.

Diouf enjoyed a mixed debut season at Anfield but his best performance was reserved for the 2003 Worthington Cup Final as Liverpool beat Manchester United.

The second most expensive player in the history of LFC up until the signing of Djibril Cisse, Diouf starred in the 2002 World Cup Finals for Senegal and helped his side reach the quarter-finals before they lost 1-0 to Turkey.

Diouf first came to the public eye with his stunning performance in the opening World Cup win over France. He created the only goal of the game and led defenders Lebouef and Desailly a merry dance. The very next day his 10 million transfer was confirmed by Liverpool.

His move from northern France was no shock, since Marseille, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Parma had all considered prising him away.

Diouf also starred in the 2002 African Nations Cup as Senegal finished runners-up to Cameroon.

Diouf kicked-off his French career at Sochaux, playing 15 league matches in 1998/99. But it wasn't until the following season, with Rennes, that he scored his first goal.

PAST PLAYER PROFILE - Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino : Defender 2005
Date of Birth: 05/10/1971
Birthplace: Argentina
1st team games: 12
1st team goals: 0
Other clubs: CA Velez Sarsfield, Barcelona, Valencia

Mauricio Pellegrino was the first Argentine to play for Liverpool and Rafael Benitez went back to his former club Valencia to sign the defender in January 2005 on a short term contract.

He played 12 games in a red shirt and his best game came in the 2-1 Anfield derby win over Everton, but overall struggled for consistency and found the pace of the English game hard to adapt to, and he was released in the summer of 2005.
Pellegrino started his career playing in Argentina for CA Velez Sarsfield and played over 200 games for the club winning three Apertura titles and two Clausura titles and a number of international honours, including the Copa Libertadores and European/South American Cup in 1994.

In 1998 he moved to La Liga to play for Spanish giants Barcelona. He made 23 appearances as Barcelona won the league title under Louis van Gaal.
In 1999 Pellegrino was snapped up by Valencia and instantly began to form a impressive partnership in central defence alongside fellow Argentine Roberto Ayala.

He played in two Champions League finals for Valencia only to finish on the losing side twice to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Unfortunately Pellegrino missed a penalty in the final against the Germans.

In 2001/02, under the management of Rafael Benitez, Pellegrino helped the Mestalla side to their first Spanish championship since 1971.

He didn't have much luck last season in 2003/04 when a dislocated shoulder and the form of Carlos Marchena kept Pellegrino on the sidelines and he made just 16 starts as Valencia won back the Spanish title.

Mauricio was a substitute in the UEFA Cup final victory over Olympique de Marseille, coming on in the 86th minute, Benitez's last match in charge of Valencia

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Vladimir Smicer : Midfielder (1999-2005)
Date of Birth: 24-5-1973
Birthplace: Decin, Czech Republic
Debut : Sheffield Wednesday - 7 August 1999 (a) Premiership: won 2-1
1st team games: 183
1st team goals: 19
Other clubs: Slavia Prague, RC Lens, Bordeaux
International caps while with Liverpool: 75
International goals while with Liverpool: 27
Honours with Liverpool: Worthington Cup 2001, FA Cup 2001, UEFA Cup 2001, Worthington Cup 2003, Champions League 2005

Vladimir Smicer left Liverpool for Bordeaux in the summer of 2005 just weeks after signing off in style by playing a crucial role in the Champions League win over AC Milan.

Coming on as a substitute for Harry Kewell, Smicer scored the Reds second goal in the memorable comeback and also scored Liverpool's deciding penalty in the vital penalty shoot-out before Jerzy Dudek's save from Shevchenko. It was a sweet reward for Smicer who returned to action in February 2005 after missing most of the 2004/05 season after a knee operation.

The Czech international first arrived at Anfield in 1999 and joined his close friend Patrik Berger at Liverpool.
An attacking midfielder, Smicer first shot to prominence in 1996, helping Slavia Prague reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and then starring for the Czech Republic during their run to the final of Euro 96.

He then moved on to French club RC Lens where he enjoyed more success - inspiring the club to a first ever-French title in 1997/98.

In June 1999 he was recruited by Liverpool to fill the void left by the departure of Steve McManaman to Real Madrid. His first campaign in the Premiership was a difficult one as he struggled to come to terms with the pace of the English game and his cause was not helped a succession of injuries.

The 2000/2001 season saw Vladimir fare much better, whether it be on the flanks or behind the front two. Having got to grips with life in the Premiership and regaining full fitness he showed in glimpses just what he is really capable of and played an important role in the Reds treble cup triumph.

Unfortunately he was plagued with injury problems and lack of consistency but he did have some good moments like the last minute winner against Chelsea in 2002 and the performance in the 2-0 win over Roma in the Champions League at Anfield, and then the perfect ending his Champions League Final heroics of 2005 that ensured that he'll forever be remembered as legend on the Kop.


Bernard Diomede : (Midfield, 2000-2003)
Date of Birth: 23/01/1974
Birthplace: Saint-Doulchard
Debut : -
1st team games: 5
1st team goals: 0
Other clubs: Auxerre
International caps while with Liverpool: 8
International goals while with Liverpool: 0
Honours with Liverpool: -

Bernard Diomede brought an end to a disappointing spell with Liverpool when he joined French club Ajaccio in July 2003 after his contract at Anfield expired.
Diomede arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2000 to become the only member of the Liverpool squad to have won a World Cup winners medal. The dread-locked Frenchman played three times for France during their glorious triumph in 1998. However he failed to settle to the English game and in particular the physical side and was a regular in the reserve team.

Formerly with Auxerre, where Houllier's good friend Guy Roux nurtured his talents, Diomede tasted success at club level. He made his first team debut at Auxerre as a 19-year old in December 1992 and three seasons later was an integral member of the team that won the French League and Cup double, scoring nine goals in the process.

A relatively disappointing last two seasons with the French club saw him lose his place in the national side but Gerard Houllier did not hesitate in paying £3 million for him in June 2000.

He made his Reds debut in the 1-0 UEFA Cup win over Rapid Bucharest in September but his first team opportunities have since been restricted due to unfortunate injury troubles and difficulty adjusting to the pace of the English game. His best moment at Anfield was probably playing in the Premiership against Sunderland, and seeing a spectacular overhead scissor kick being tipped onto the post by Thomas Sorensen. If it had gone in who knows how Diomede's Anfield future would have mapped out?

He turned down a move to Charlton in July 2002. He spent the second half of the 2002-2003 season on loan with French side Ajaccio before completing the permanent move in July 2003.


Abel Xavier Defender 2002-2003
Born: Mozambique
Date of birth: 30-11-1972
1st team Games 21
1st team Goals 2
Former clubs: Estrela Amadora, Benfica, Bari, Real Oviedo, PSV Eindhoven, Everton

Abel Xavier left Liverpool officially in December 2003 after his contract expired and it would be fair to say he didn't exactly become a firm Kop favourite.

Consistency was a big problem for Xavier and after starting the 2002/03 season as first choice it wasn't to last as he was quickly replaced in the team by a fit again Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool shocked Merseyside when Abel Xavier joined the Reds from Everton on 31st January 2002 for a fee in the region of £800,000. A Portugal international defender, Xavier crossed Stanley Park to become only the second player to join Liverpool from Everton since Dave Hickson in 1959. Nick Barmby, of course was the last to do so before Xavier.

Xavier provided the Reds with cover at the back as he could play right back and centre half.

Abel began his professional career in Portugal with Estrela Amadora in 1990 before moving to Benfica three years later.

He then had spells in Italy and Spain with Bari and Real Oviedo respectively before being signed by Bobby Robson for PSV Eindhoven in 1998.

It was then that Everton swooped and Walter Smith brought him to Goodison Park for £1.5 million in September 1999.

He is a member of the Portugal national team, playing alongside the likes of Figo, Rui Costa and Nuno Gomez, and played in Euro 2000 where he first unveiled his eccentric blonde hairdo and beard.

He played in Portugal's opening game against England but then sustained a knee injury that kept him out until the semi-final with France which was to prove eventful to say the least. He was controversially sent off against the French when he conceded a penalty in the last minute of extra time, from which Zinedine Zidane scored and he was distraught.

His subsequent demonstrations earned him a £8,000 fine and a nine month ban from all European matches.

Xavier was deemed surplus to requirements by Gerard Houllier and in December 2002 went out on loan to Galatasary before an ill fated spell there saw him released and searching for a new club.


Emile Heskey (Striker, 2000-2004)
Position: Striker
Date of Birth: 11/01/1978
Height: 6' 2
1st team games: 223
1st team goals: 60
Other clubs: Leicester City
International caps: 36
International goals: 4


Emile Heskey became the club's most expensive player when Gerard Houllier paid Leicester City 11 million for his services in March 2000 and stayed at the club for four years before departing for Birmingham City at the end of the 2003/04 season.

The striker had his critics but Heskey remained a big favourite of his manager Houllier who showed a lot of faith in the England international. You could never term him a prolific goalscorer but Heskey's strengths were being a hard worker for the team cause and a willingness to play anywhere the manager wanted him to.
Heskey's career began with his hometown club Leicester City, for whom he made his first team debut in 1995 and the following season his goals helped the Foxes win promotion to the Premiership via the play-offs.

His international career also started to blossom. He starred alongside Michael Owen in the England Under-18 team that finished third in the European Championships in France. Caps then followed at both Under-21 and senior level, while success on the domestic front saw him claim two Worthington Cup winner's medals with Leicester City and involvement in UEFA Cup football.

It was the first full season at Liverpool that Heskey hit the heights at Anfield most. It was during the treble season when the Reds number eight hit 22 goals in his best campaign ever featuring his first ever hat-trick in senior football in a 4-1 win at Derby County. He scored twice in Merseyside derby wins over Everton at Anfield and Goodison Park and netted a superb goal in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Wycombe Wanderers. Heskey started in all three of the treble successes but didn't score.

The following campaign he scored 14 goals as the Reds finished second in the Premiership and ended playing for England in the 2002 World Cup Finals, scoring once against Denmark.

The 2001/02 campaign was a turbulent one for Liverpool in the sense that manager Gerard Houllier underwent life threatening heart surgery and missed five months of the season. On the manager's comeback on a never-to-be-forgotten Anfield European night against Roma in the Champions League, Heskey gave arguably his finest display in a red shirt. In the 2-0 win he scored a magnificent goal at the Kop end and led the line superbly against world class defenders. Sadly this performance was never to be witnessed on a consistent basis.

However Heskey did contribute to another cup success when he scored a marvellous goal in the 3-2 Super Cup triumph over Bayern Munich in Monaco.
In Heskey's final season at Anfield he netted 12 goals from 47 games to finish second top scorer to Michael Owen. All-in-all Heskey scored 60 goals in 223 games for Liverpool.


Markus Babbel : Defender 2000-2004
Date of Birth: 08/09/1972
Birthplace: Munich
1st team games: 73
1st team goals: 6
Other clubs: Bayern Munich
International caps : 51
International goals : 1


Markus Babbel had a fantastic debut season at his beloved Anfield when he played a major role in the treble success and scored some memorable goals and left with everyone's best wishes when he returned to Germany to join vfb Stuttgart in July 2004.
Markus arrived at Anfield on a Bosman-style free transfer in the summer of 2000 from Bayern Munich, having helped the most famous of all German clubs to a domestic League and Cup double in his final season.

Bavarian born, Babbel made his name with Bayern but also had a spell with Hamburg. A German international since 1995, making his debut in a friendly against Spain in February of that year, he was a key contributor to Germany's Euro 96 triumph in England.

Babbel was one of Liverpool's key performers during the 2000/01 treble season and was outstanding as an attacking right back with a memorable derby goal against Everton amongst his highlights. Markus also scored in the UEFA Cup Final win over Alaves in Dortmund.

After picking up five medals and adding a new dimension to Liverpool's play as an attacking right back, sadly the following season 2001/02 Babbel was laid down with the potentially deadly virus Guillain-Barre Syndrome which kept him out of action for practically the whole of the 2001/02 season.

He tried to make a comeback in the 2002/03 campaign but struggled to make an impact and he wasn't the same player. The pace of the game and the physical side saw Babbel struggle as he chased full fitness again, and spent most of the season in the reserves.

After playing pre-season in 2003/04 Gerard Houllier shipped Babbel off to Blackburn Rovers on a season's loan.


Vegard Heggem : (Defender, 1998-2003)
Date of Birth: 13/07/1975
Birthplace: Trondheim
Debut : -
1st team games: 65
1st team goals: 3
Other clubs: Rennebu, Orkdal, Rosenborg
International caps while with Liverpool: 20
International goals while with Liverpool: 1
Honours with Liverpool: -

After being plagued by hamstring problems for three years Norwegian defender Vegard Heggem left Anfield for pastures new in July 2003 when his contract at the club expired.
The first signing of Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier in their roles as joint managers in the summer of 1998, it didn't take Vegard Heggem long to impress the Liverpool supporters with his consistent and exciting attacking displays.

The Norwegian international had passed up the chance of Champions League football with Rosenborg to join Liverpool for £3.5 million, and he held off the challenge of Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Steve Harkness and Jason McAteer to make the right back slot his own.

Equally comfortable at right back or on the right side of midfield, Heggem's high-energy performances, with an ability to attack as well as defend, made him a vital member of the squad, and ability to score spectacular goals as efforts against Middlesbrough and Bradford City live long in the memory.

However, a series of hamstring injuries severely disrupted his Anfield career and his final appearance for Liverpool was against Derby County at Pride Park in October 2000.

Despite a series of comebacks with the reserve team the hamstring problems continued to haunt him, and he is now set to move back to Norway.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Pegguy Arphexad : (Goalkeeper, 2000-2003)
Date of Birth: 18/05/1973
Birthplace: Abymes,Guadaloupe
Debut : -
1st team games: 5
1st team goals: 0
Other clubs: Racing Club Lens, Leicester City
International caps while with Liverpool: 1 (France U-21)
International goals while with Liverpool: 0
Honours with Liverpool: -


Pegguy Arphexad was released by Liverpool in 2003 but proved something of a lucky charm for the Reds after picking up six medals during his time at Anfield, and he didn't play in any of the matches!
The classic phrase 'show us your medals' would certainly apply to Pegguy.

He was signed by Gerard Houllier from Leicester City in the summer of 2000 to provide back-up to Sander Westerveld, and was on the bench for all the club's five triumphs in 2001.

When the club signed Jerzy Dudek and Chris Kirkland the writing looked to be on the wall for Arphexad, but he remained at Anfield as third choice. When Kirkland was injured Arphexad was on the bench for the Worthington Cup Final in 2003 and won another medal to bring his total to six!

Arphexad played a significant role in Liverpool's failure to qualify for the Champions League in season 1999/2000. The one time French under-21 international produced an inspired performance for his former club Leicester City to deny the Reds a much needed three points at Anfield in May 2000. His heroics that night clearly impressed Gerard Houllier who moved swiftly to sign Arphexad on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling during the summer.

Pegguy began his career in the French League with Lens before making a dream move to the Premiership in August 1997. An excellent shot stopper, he gained a reputation as a spot kick saving expert.

He made his Reds debut at Anfield in the 3rd round victory over Chelsea on November 1st 2000. He also played in Liverpool's record 8-0 win at Stoke in the 4th round but was unable to play in the quarter-final and semi-final due to injury.


Jari Litmanen : Striker (2000-2002)
Date of Birth: 20/02/1971
Birthplace: Lahti, Finland
Debut :
1st team games: 43
1st team goals: 9
Other clubs: Reipas Lahti, HJK Helsinki, MyPa, Ajax, Barcelona, FC Lahti
International caps while with Liverpool: 76
International goals while with Liverpool: -
Honours with Liverpool: -

Jari Litmanen is without question the most famous Finnish footballer of all time and was recruited on a free transfer from Barcelona in 2000.

Jari made his Reds debut as a substitute in the Worthington Cup semi-final first leg at Crystal Palace, and then made his first start for Liverpool in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Jari was already an established Finnish international by the time Ajax came in for him at the start of the 1992-93 season. He started slowly but in his second season he took the Dutch League by storm, finishing up as top scorer with 26 goals as Ajax won the first of a hat trick of Dutch titles.

In 1999 Jari finally ended his fabulous seven-year stint in Amsterdam by joining former Coach Louis Van Gaal at Barcelona. Things, however, didn't go as planned. Injury curtailed his appearances and when Van Gaal left last summer, Jari was effectively left in limbo. That season he had not played a single match for Barca - hence his keenness to leave Catalonia and join Liverpool, the club he has supported since childhood.

Jari helped Liverpool reach the Worthington Cup Final with an outstanding display in the semi-final win over Crystal Palace at Anfield, but injury unfortunately ruled him out of the exciting climax to the 2000/01 season.

He was left frustrated with first team chances limited during the 2001-2002 season spending most of his time on the substitutes bench but did serve up some memorable moments.

He scored a fantastic individual goal in the 1-0 win at Anfield against Tottenham then played a starring role in the Champions League win over Roma at Anfield, scoring a penalty on Houllier's return.

Litmanen's career at Anfield will go down as a case of what might have been. Despite his undoubted skill and creativity many supporters will say he was underused at Anfield.

He came off the bench to score an amazing individual goal in the Champions League quarter-final with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Germany, but the German side went on to win. One of the best goals of last season it was quickly forgotten because of Liverpool's defeat.

He returned to Ajax just before the transfer deadline on August 30th 2002. After leading Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2002/03 season Litmanen then returned to his native Finland and joined FC Lahti on a free transfer in August 2004

Thursday, May 3, 2007


Stephen Wright : Defender
Date of Birth: 08/02/1980
Birthplace: Liverpool
Debut : 29 November 2000 v Stoke City (a) (Worthington Cup) won 8-0.
1st team games: 21
1st team goals: 1
Other clubs: Trainee
International caps while with Liverpool: 9 (England U-21)
International goals while with Liverpool: 1
Honours with Liverpool: -

Talented defender Stephen Wright worked his way through the ranks at Anfield and finally made his Liverpool debut in the 8-0 Worthington Cup record victory against Stoke City in November 2000. Wright came on as a half time replacement for Markus Babbel at right back and played his part in the Reds record away victory.

His desire to break into the Reds first team was whetted following a successful spell on loan to Division One side Crewe Alexandra during the 1999/2000 season. Although sidelined early on with damaged ankle ligaments, Wright returned to the Gresty Road outfit following a rehabilitation programme back at Liverpool's Melwood training complex, and went on to gain a valuable taste of first team experience.

Wright made his Premiership debut as a substitute for the injured Markus Babbel in the 3-0 win over West Ham United at Anfield in February 2001. He made a good impression too, helping set up the second goal for Robbie Fowler, and he is fast establishing himself as a regular member of the current first team squad.

He made his first start in the Premiership for Liverpool at Filbert Street in the 4-1 win at Leicester on October 20th, 2001. His first goal arrived for the Reds at Anfield in front of the Kop in the 2-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.

A bright future at Anfield seemingly beckoned for Wright but with no guarantee of first team football Gerard Houllier accepted a bid from Sunderland for him in August 2002.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Nick Barmby
Date of Birth: 11/02/1974
Birthplace: Hull
Debut : v Bradford City, August 19th 2000 at Anfield. Won 1-0.
1st team games: 57
1st team goals: 8
Other clubs: Spurs, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds United, Hull City.
International caps while with Liverpool: 23
International goals while with Liverpool:
Honours with Liverpool: UEFA Cup 2001, FA Charity Shield 2001, Worthington Cup 2001

Nick Barmby fulfilled a childhood dream when he crossed Stanley Park to join the Reds in a £6 million deal during the summer of 2000. In doing so he became the first player since legendary striker Dave Hickson in 1959 to move directly from Everton to Liverpool.
The lifelong Liverpudlian enjoyed a two-week trial at Anfield as a teenager but ended up signing for Tottenham as a trainee in 1991. He broke into the Spurs first team when only 18 and quickly established himself as a crowd favourite, forging an exciting front line with the likes of German World Cup star Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham.

A team mate of Robbie Fowler in the England under-18 side that won the European Championship in 1993, a call-up to the senior squad soon beckoned and he won his first cap in a goalless draw against Uruguay in March 1995.

A few months later he surprisingly returned North to join Middlesbrough. After only one season at the Riverside he was on the move again, this time signing for Joe Royle's Everton in a club record £5.25 million transfer. Inconsistency plagued his four-year spell at Goodison, although his form during the 1999/2000 season was good enough to win him a place in England squad for Euro 2000.

After playing no part in the finals, Barmby returned home and put pen to paper on the deal that caused an unprecedented furore on Merseyside.

Operating in an attacking role on the left or right of midfield he quickly won over the Anfield faithful and celebrated his first season in a red shirt with a number of vital strikes. The most memorable being his first league goal for the club that opened the scoring against Everton in the 3-1 Merseyside derby win.

Barmby missed the climax of the treble season through injury although he was on the bench for the UEFA Cup Final win over Alaves.

Season 2001-2002 was something of a disappointment for Barmby who made just nine appearances before an ankle operation ruled him out for the season.

He moved to Leeds United just before the start of the 2002-2003 season, linking up with former Liverpool vice-captain Robbie Fowler at Elland Road.

Barmby joined his hometown club Hull City in 2004.


Christian Ziege : Defender
Date of Birth: 01/02/1972
Birthplace: Berlin
Debut : 9th September 2000 v Manchester City (H) Premiership: won 3-2
1st team games: 32
1st team goals: 2
Other clubs: Middlesbrough, AC Milan, Bayern Munich
International caps while with Liverpool: 59
International goals while with Liverpool: 8
Honours with Liverpool: -

Born in Berlin, Christian Ziege actually started his career as a goalkeeper. It was only after spells with his local clubs Sudstern 08, TSVRudow and Hertha Zehlendorf that he became an outfield player, and his impressive form during the early years of his career in Germany saw him snapped up by the mighty Bayern Munich while still only 18.

Christian represented Germany at every level as a youth and was hailed by the press as the "new Andy Brehme" when he captained the under-21 team.

He made his senior debut for Germany against Brazil in the 1993 US Cup and played a starring role for the triumphant Germany side at Euro '96, playing every minute of every game and scoring the team's first goal in their opening game against the Czech Republic.

That year he also helped Bayern win the UEFA Cup. After an unhappy spell in Italy with AC Milan, Ziege was delighted to join Middlesbrough, who paid ?4 million for his services. He revived his career on Teeside and duly returned to the national side, scoring a brilliant hat-trick against Northern Ireland in his second game back and going on to win his 50th cap in Germany's final warm-up match before Euro 2000, where he played the first two games against Romania and England.

In the summer of 2000, Ziege swapped Teeside for Merseyside. His ?5.5 million transfer was a long, drawn out affair and following his arrival he struggled to hold down a regular place in the first team.

Probably his best game in a Red shirt came in the UEFA Cup quarter final in Italy away to Roma, when his superb cross saw Michael Owen score his second goal of the game to give the Reds a priceless 2-0 win. He made a substitute appearance in the Worthington Cup Final against Birmingham and scored one of the penalties in the shoot-out victory.

Frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities and the emergence of Gregory Vignal saw Ziege move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2001.


Gary McAllister MBE : (Midfield, 2000-2002)
Date of Birth: 25-12-1964
Birthplace: Motherwell
Debut : v Bradford City, August 19th 2000. Won 1-0
1st team games: 87
1st team goals: 9
Other clubs: Motherwell, Leicester City, Leeds United, Coventry City, Liverpool, Coventry City (player-manager).
International caps while with Liverpool: None
International goals while with Liverpool:
Honours with Liverpool: Worthington Cup 2000-2001, FA Cup 2000-2001, UEFA Cup 2000-2001, FA Charity Shield 2001-2002, Super Cup 2001-2002

"My most inspirational signing," said Gerard Houllier about the capture of Gary McAllister who went on to be a Liverpool legend.
More than a few eyebrows were raised when Gerard Houllier captured veteran midfield schemer Gary McAllister on a free transfer during the summer of 2000.

The experienced Scottish international, who began his career with Motherwell, was originally a transfer target of the Reds during the managerial reign of Kenny Dalglish. When McAllister left his native Scotland it was to join Leicester City, whom he served with distinction for five years before making a £1 million switch to Leeds United in 1990.

At Elland Road he won a championship medal in 1992 and established himself as a regular in the Scottish national side. He captained the Scots in Euro 96 but is unfortunately best remembered for missing a vital penalty in the crucial group clash with the auld enemy England.

He left Leeds to sign for Coventry in a £3 million deal and during four years at Highfield Road played a prominent role in helping the Sky Blues maintain their top-flight status. At 36 he was considered surplus to requirements and allowed to leave on a Bosman. That is where Liverpool stepped in.

"It came out of the blue but it was a welcome surprise," he admits. "As soon as I knew of Liverpool's interest it was an easy decision and I had no hesitation in signing."

Despite being sent off on his full debut against Arsenal at Highbury, McAllister quickly won over the doubters who questioned the wisdom of signing a player so old. His intelligent midfield play has been a joy to watch, while his ability to get forward and score goals has proved an added bonus.

In February 2001 he was rewarded with a one-year extension to his contract and during an unforgettable climax to the season McAllister achieved cult-hero status among Liverpudlians with a succession of vital goals as an unprecedented cup treble and much-coveted place in the Champions League were secured.

'Gary Mac' won his first medal when he came on as a substitute in the Worthington Cup Final and scored a penalty in the shoot-out victory over Birmingham City.

The moment he will always be remembered for by all Liverpool fans was Monday, April 16th at Goodison Park. 94 minutes were on the clock, Liverpool had a free-kick and from 44-yards out McAllister struck a superb free-kick into the net to send the Red half of Merseyside into complete delirium. What a way to win the derby and many have said it was the turning point of that season.

Three days later McAllister was the hero again when his cool penalty secured a 1-0 win over Barcelona at Anfield to reach the final of the UEFA Cup.

The FA Cup Final was next on the agenda. McAllister came off the bench to set up the equaliser for Michael Owen and the rest as they say is history.

Wednesday, May 16th was a truly amazing evening as Liverpool beat Alaves 5-4 to win the UEFA Cup in Dortmund. Gary Mac scored a penalty and set up three others, including the free-kick that led to the golden goal winner.

He started season 2001-2002 off in the way he left off winning more silverware. This time Liverpool won the Charity Shield with McAllister scoring a penalty in a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

He played in the Super Cup 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in Monaco as the medals just kept on coming.

Gary Mac was awarded the MBE for his services to football in December 2001.

McAllister then left Anfield to take up the role of player-manager of Coventry City, and ended his Liverpool career with an emotional send-off with a substitute appearance in the 5-0 win over Ipswich. The whole ground stood and applauded a true Kop hero who will never be forgotten.


Nicolas Anelka (Striker, loan 2001-2002)
Date of Birth: 14-3-1979
Birthplace: Paris
Debut : v Aston Villa, December 26th 2001 v Aston Villa. Won 2-1
1st team games: 21
1st team goals: 5
Other clubs: Paris St Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain.
International caps while with Liverpool: 1
International goals while with Liverpool:
Honours with Liverpool: None

Liverpool Football Club astounded everyone when they announced the loan signing of Nicolas Anelka in December 2001.

A product of the France's National Youth Academy, where he first worked under Gerard Houllier, Anelka began professional career began at his hometown club Paris St Germain in 1995.

He made his debut for the Parisian giants when only 16 but lack of first team opportunities resulted in him leaving for Arsenal two years later.

At Highbury his goals earned him the PFA Young Player of the Year award and helped fire the Gunners to a League and FA Cup double in 1998.

He left Arsenal in controversial circumstances the following year to sign for Real Madrid but despite winning a Champions League medal his time at the Bernabau was also shrouded in controversy.

In July 2000 he rejoined Paris St Germain but has since struggled to rediscover the goalscoring form that earned him the reputation as one of Europe's top strikers.

With Liverpool short of firepower following the sale of Robbie Fowler, the Reds swooped to take Anelka on loan for the rest of the season, with the option of making the deal permanent during the summer.

Taking over the number nine jersey from Robbie Fowler he made his debut as a second half substitute in the Boxing Day win at Aston Villa and then a full debut in the 1-1 draw with West Ham United at Upton Park.

Highlights of his Liverpool career included an equalising goal in the Anfield Merseyside derby with Everton and a brilliant display in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

He signed off with a final day goal in the 5-0 Anfield win over Ipswich Town, which was to be his final appearance in a red shirt.

Gerard Houllier then decided against making Anelka's signing a permanent one.

Sunday, February 25, 2007


William E. Barclay: 'Joint Manager' (1892-96)





After the defection, Houlding and Barclay were left with a football ground and no team, but together rapidly and successfully created a brand new one - Liverpool Football Club.
Barclay was the actual 'secretary-manager' of Liverpool Football Club during this period and had been involved at Liverpool before John McKenna, who seems to have acted as a 'coach-manager'. The tremendous work achieved by Barclay should not be overlooked, as he was the organisational force that helped create the great 'Team of the Macs' and the early successes of the Club.

A widely respected and well-liked man, Barclay later became a headmaster of the Industrial Schools in Everton Crescent, Liverpool.



Former Clubs as Staff : Le Touquet, Arras, Noeux-les-Mines, Lens, Paris St Germain

Date of Birth : 03/10/1947

Birthplace : Therouanne

Joined : 1998


Though born in Therouanne, France, Gerard Houllier OBE has a long history of supporting Liverpool. It started in September 1969, when he was teaching at Alsop school in Walton. He stood on the Kop and watched the Reds defeat Dundalk 10-0.

In July 1998, Houllier returned to the city when he was appointed joint manager of the Reds alongside Roy Evans.
Gerard began his managerial career in 1973 as player-coach with Le Touquet. Spells at Arras and Noeux Les Mines followed before he managed Lens for three years and then guided Paris St.Germain to the French title in 1986.

Gerard then became Technical Director and assistant to the French national team, before becoming National Coach himself until 1994. He also coached the French team who won the European Under-18 Championship in 1996, and took the U-20s to the quarter-finals of the World Championships the following year. He also played an instrumental role in France winning the World Cup in 1998.

His managerial talents were much sought after during the summer of 1998 and Liverpool had to move swiftly to secure his services. At first Houllier was joint manager with Roy Evans but when that didn't work, Evans left the club in November 1998.

Houllier assumed sole control and in the summer of 1999 he launched an extensive programme of team rebuilding.

Success followed and in February 2001 he guided the Reds to a first trophy in six years, his first as the Reds won the Worthington Cup. He followed that by leading the Reds to the historic treble and five trophies in 2001, including the FA Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield.

He had major heart surgery in October 2001 but returned to managerial duties in March 2002 against Roma at Anfield, as the team finished second in the Barclays Premiership in 2001/02 and reached the quarter-final of the Champions League.

Houllier led the team to another Worthington Cup success before he was awarded the prestigious OBE in 2003.

The folllowing season he guided the Reds to Champions League qualification but saw his six-year tenure as Anfield chief curtailed on 24 May 2004.


Roy Evans : Manager (1994 - June 1998) Joint-Manager (July 1998 - Nov. 1998)

Date of Birth: 4/10/48

Birthplace: Bootle, Merseyside

Honours: 1 LEAGUE CUP 1994-95

RUNNERS UP: FA Cup - 1995-96


Roy Evans' love affair with Liverpool began at the age of seven when he attended his first game at Anfield. As he grew older he went on to play at left-back for England schoolboys in 1963 before joining Liverpool as an apprentice two years later.
He made his full debut in 1969, playing 3 games in the 1969/70 season, and played occasionally at left-back for Liverpool during the seasons 1969/70 to 1973/74, but following Shankly's shock resignation in 1974 Bob Paisley persuaded him, at the age of 25, to direct his talents into coaching, and he became the youngest member of the famous 'Boot Room'. John Smith, the Chairman at the time, predicted: "We have not made an appointment for the present but for the future. One day Roy Evans will be our manager." Appointed Reserve Team Coach, Roy won the Central League Championship in his first season, 1975, and went on to win it seven times in nine years, before Joe Fagan took over as manager from the retiring Paisley, and appointed him to the senior coaching staff, where he played a part in Liverpool's great triumphs under Fagan, including the Treble of 1983/84, and subsequently under Dalglish, including the Double of 1985/86.

After Dalglish had stunned everyone by resigning in 1991, Graeme Souness was brought in as manager. Evans was appointed Souness's assistant in 1993. Roy eventually became the Liverpool Manager in 1993/94 following the departure of Graeme Souness, and quickly returned a calming influence to the Club - chairman David Moores described him as: "The last of the Shankly lads". Evans was popular choice, and gave a great boost to the Club.

However he too struggled with worryingly lack-lustre displays from his players and the abysmal F A Cup appearance in 1996 against Manchester United and their ill-advised Armani suits, led to the damaging 'Spice Boy' tag being applied to his leading players.

This was a defining moment in retrospect as an F A Cup win would have given Evans an invaluable lift. As it was, despite winning the League Cup in 1994/95 and never finishing below 4th in the League after the season when he first took over, Roy was unable to deliver another cup or the League Championship which the Club and its fans demanded.

His transfer deals were only qualified successes, but his support and development of the likes of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen in particular, stand as proof that he knew how to develop local talent. Evans to his credit reacted positively to the unusual decision to bring in a joint manager - Gérard Houllier - to share the burden at the start of the 1998/99 season, and they did their best to make the partnership work.

The arrangement, however, was not a success, and Roy and the Club decided by mutual agreement that he would leave, making the sad announcement on 12th November 1998.


Graeme Souness : Midfielder (1978-1984) & Manager (1990-1994)

Date of Birth: 6-5-1953

Birthplace: Edinburgh

Debut : 14th January 1978 v West Bromwich Albion (A) Football League Division One: won 1-0

1st team games: 358

1st team goals: 56

Other clubs: Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Sampdoria, Rangers (player/manager then manager), Galatasaray (manager), Southampton (manager), Torino (manager), Benfica (manager), Blackburn Rovers (manager)

International caps while with Liverpool: 37

International goals while with Liverpool:

Honours with Liverpool: First Division Championship 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83 & 1983/84, FA Cup 1992 (manager), League/Milk Cup 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984, European Cup 1978, 1981 & 1984, Charity Shield 1979, 1980 & 1982


In six successful seasons as a Liverpool player Graeme Souness was at the heart of Liverpool's triumphs. Memorably described as "a bear of a player with the delicacy of a violinist" he was a high-octane blend of amazing strength and bewitching subtlety.
One of Bob Paisley's majestic trio of Scottish captures, with Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen, he cost £352,000 from Middlesbrough in January 1978 . Five months later he supplied the pass at Wembley for his room-mate Dalglish to score the goal that beat Bruges to retain the European Cup. In general during his Anfield career the Scotland captain responded brilliantly to Paisley's demand to curb his explosive temperament and he became a midfielder of immense stature.

He moved to Italian football in 1984 but returned to the UK as player/manager with Glasgow Rangers, leading them to the Scottish championship. Following the surprise resignation of Kenny Dalglish he seemed the obvious successor and enthusiastically took up the task of building a new Liverpool team.

However his time as manager at the club has become synonymous with mistakes, ill-judged media representation, poor transfer decisions and falling standards on the pitch. Mature reflection by Souness and the Club shows that in fact his mangership was not without success and his failures were not totally of his own making. Liverpool won the FA Cup in 1992 and this was despite life-threatening heart surgery in the days prior to Souness gingerly leading out his players.

Souness sadly, marred this triumph by poorly timed publicity in the Sun newspaper. He explained the story himself in 1999, in an interview with Garth Crooks: "Because the game went to penalties, the paper missed the deadline. That picture [of Souness with his future bride] ended up in the newspaper on the Wednesday - the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. I should have resigned then, looking back.

"I will forever be sorry it happened. It was out of my control. I was in hospital having an operation which, as it turned out, was life threatening. It was a foolish mistake, but when somebody tells you at 37 that you are going to have open heart surgery and that you might die, how would you react? I reacted in a way which I'll regret for the rest of my life. I'm sorry to the people on Merseyside whom I offended and I shall eternally be sorry".

In other respects as Souness himself reflected in December 1999 "in the right place at the wrong time". He explains: "What has happened since has gone to prove that I was not to blame for all the problem was that I tried to change it too quickly." He admits that he was shocked to the core by a change in the attitude amongst his squad and that this led to rapid hiring and firing as he sought to remove players who despite ability, offended this dedicated professional: "I found the change of mood in the dressing room both startling and alarming. How could standards have slipped so badly? I could not accept the lack of determination and fire in their bodies to win games for Liverpool".

Whilst this was a sentiment shared by all Reds fans, his choices of replacement was at times woefully poor, with Paul Stewart and Torben Piechnik standing as testimony to this fact. The removal of the 'Boot Room' under Souness is often quoted as one of his great mistakes - in actual fact it was a proposal planned by the directors at the time of Dalglish and was not a Souness decision.

All the training and behind-the-scenes work had been, and continued to be, managed by Ronnie Moran. No changes were made to a system that had worked for years. The conversion of a small boot store to a press room has become a symbol of the frustration of the fans, whereas it played no actual part in the under-achievement of this period.

Souness is an intelligent, articulate and highly motivated man, he was an awesome captain for the club and gave his all to the job as manager. Sadly his memory is still tarnished, but perhaps in time his faults will be forgiven and his valuable F A Cup win given the appreciation it is deserved.


Kenny Dalglish MBE:

Date of Birth: 04-03-1951

Birthplace: Glasgow

Debut : 13th August 1977 v Manchester United (N) Charity Shield: Drew 0-0
1st team games: 511
1st team goals: 172
Other clubs: Playing: Celtic . Management: Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Celtic
International caps while with Liverpool: 54
International goals while with Liverpool:
Honours with Liverpool: First Division Championship: 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1985/86 (player/manager), 1987/88 (player/manager) & 1989/90 (player/manager), FA Cup 1986 (player/manager), 1989 (manager), Charity Shield 1977 (shared), 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986 (shared), European Super Cup 1977, Screen Sport Super Cup 1986 (player/manager) European Cup 1978, 1981 & 1984


Considered by many to be the greatest player in Liverpool history Dalglish gloriously displayed that priceless quality of performing as a brilliant individual within a team framework. "His genius is not only in his own ability but in making others play", proclaimed Bob Paisley, the manager who signed him from Celtic for £440,000 in August 1977.
With Kevin Keegan having departed to Hamburg for £500,000 earlier that summer the capture of Dalglish as his replacement must rank as one of football's shrewdest pieces of business as the Glaswegian who amassed a record 102 caps and joint record 30 Scotland goals inspired the club to new heights.

'King Kenny' swiftly became a Kop hero and his late partnership with Ian Rush was perhaps the finest ever seen in England.

Dalglish's majestic play was blessed with a creative vision and icy coolness only the true legends of the game possess. His 1978 European Cup winning goal against Bruges at Wembley - one of 172 he scored for the club in more than 500 appearances - was a supreme example of how he could 'freeze' play before delivering a deadly finish.

With Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness and Billy Liddell he was voted into the BBC Merseyside Team of the 20th Century and he is an MBE.

If Kenny Dalglish had simply played football for Liverpool he would be an Anfield hero. However, the fact that he managed the club to even greater success guarantees him the status of a legend.

After eight brilliant years as a player he was asked in 1985 to combine his work on and off the pitch to become Liverpool¹s first player / manager. It was an inspired choice. In the space of five years he was voted 'Manager of the Year' three times and led Liverpool to a League and FA Cup double in 1986 and further championships in 1988 and 1990.

He was responsible for signing some fine players including John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and a young Jamie Redknapp. One of his great moves was to make the brilliant defender Alan Hansen his captain - a move applauded by all but the painfully shy Hansen. Alan however rewarded Dalglish's faith and turned in some of his finest performances under Kenny.

When it came to transfers, the purchase of John Aldridge to replace the surely irreplaceable Ian Rush equalled that of Paisley buying Dalglish to replace Keegan. The terrible, shattering events at Hillsborough on April 15th 1989, spelt the end of Dalglish's time with the club, and indeed for a time, with football. Dalglish and his squad spent countless hours trying to find ways to bring comfort to the bereaved and traumatised, but eventually if proved too much for this sensitive man. He suddenly resigned in 1991, after admitting that the strain and emotional distress of the Hillsborough tragedy had made him feel like his 'head would explode'.

The effect on Merseyside was only equalled by the similarly surprise retirement of Bill Shankly. Whilst few would dispute his reasons, there was dismay that one of the great periods in the Club's history was closing: For the fans player/manager Dalglish had taken them on a wonderful, joyous ride through the League and the passion he engendered was equalled only by Shankly.

His later managerial successes proved his time at Anfield had been no fluke as he joined the select band of men to have taken two clubs to the championship title when he joined Blackburn Rovers. Soon after he moved on to Newcastle United. After an indifferent spell in the North East, and a shock dismissal, he spent a short spell back at Celtic as director of football operations with fellow ex-Red John Barnes as manager and is now enjoying his retirement from the game


Joe Fagan : Manager (1983-85)

Honours: 1 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP 1983-84
1 LEAGUE CUP 1983-84
1 EUROPEAN CUP 1983-84
RUNNERS UP League Championship - 1984-85 European Cup - 1984-85 European Super Cup - 1985 World Club Championship - 1984 Charity Shield - 1984

Another one to come through the Anfield ranks, Fagan is unique in the history of the club as the first Reds manager to achieve a treble of major honours, and indeed he was the first manager in British football to claim this astounding trophy haul - now sharing the distinction with Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been publicly recognised for his efforts, and of course Gerard Houllier whilst the modest and unassuming Joe Fagan has been unfairly over-looked in subsequent years by the footballing press and fraternity.


Fagan was appointed as Paisley's number two upon the retirement of Shankly and was always a quiet and effective worker in the 'bootroom'. However whilst he had the enormous experience of working under Shankly and Paisley, there was no doubt that he had to make serious managerial decisions immediately upon taking over - he could not simply take on Paisley's side and hope it would continue to win trophies: The inspirational Souness had left to join Sampdoria and Sammy Lee had become a shadow of the player he once was.

It was clear that astute transfer moves were needs and Fagan was up to the task. Kevin MacDonald and Jim Beglin, who all did their respective jobs with distinction were brought in as well the then unfamiliar face of Danish player Jan Molby. Molby went on to become a Kop hero and a cultured player of rare quality and it is testament to Fagan's years of accumulated experience that he could see the enormous potential in Molby.
The improvements clearly worked - never before has a manager so comprehensively announced his arrival upon the First Division - In his first season in charge The Reds won the League, European Cup and the League Cup. Furthermore they were finalists in the World Club Championship. "They were so efficient, it was chilling!" This was Fagan's own response after watching his team play with a cool, calculating efficiency, every part functioning in balance and harmony, every player working for the collective results. There is little doubt that if history had not intervened, Joe Fagan could have gone on to win honours for many more seasons.

However as it was Fagan retired at the end of that second season as a direct result of the terrible tragedy of Heysel. After securing a place in a fifth European Cup final, and with a side tipped by all but the Juventus fans to win, he had every reason to be optimistic. But after the appalling crowd violence and the meaningless deaths of Italian supporters in the crumbling and inadequate Heysel Stadium in Brussels, he retired.

If ever Shankly's quip about football being more important than life and death had ceased to be funny, it was now. Fagan was deeply upset by the events of that night and he went immediately retirement and has retained a low profile since.

He did the club a great service, and must therefore always be thanked for it.

Fagan continued to help out - often showing up at Melwood to offer his advice to Roy Evans, who was always happy to listen.

He died after a long illness in July 2001 at the age of 80.


Bob Paisley OBE MSc [Hon] Player (1945-54) and Manager (1974-83)

Date of Birth: 23.1.19

Birthplace: Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham

Honours: 6 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83
3 EUROPEAN CUPS 1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81
3 LEAGUE CUPS 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83
1 UEFA CUP 1975-76
5 CHARITY SHIELDS 1974, 1976, 1977 (shared), 1980, 1982
6 MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83
RUNNERS UP League Championship - 1974-75, 1977-78 FA Cup - 1976-77 League Cup - 1977-78 European Super Cup - 1978 World Club Championship - 1981

1 FA CUP 1949-50*
* Received an FA Cup runners-up medal although he did not play in the final against Arsenal. He scored Liverpool's first goal in their 2-0 semi-final defeat of Everton and Liverpool asked the FA to strike a special medal for him.


BOB PAISLEY was a reluctant genius. He never wanted to go into management. But having been persuaded to take command of Liverpool he proceeded to surpass the achievements of every manager in the entire history of British football.
The humble son of the North East, always more at ease in the wings than on centre stage, was indisputably Manager of the Millennium. And as we approach the 21st Century perhaps his record will stand forever as a tribute to his towering feats.

Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness, the world class Scottish trio signed by Paisley and a threesome not given to hyperbole, unhesitatingly place him at the management summit.

"There was only one Bob Paisley and he was the greatest of them all," says Dalglish. "He went through the card in football. He played for Liverpool, he treated the players, he coached them, he managed them and then he became a director."

"He could tell if someone was injured and what the problem was just by watching them walk a few paces. He was never boastful but had great football knowledge. I owe Bob more than I owe anybody else in the game. There will never be another like him."

Hansen agrees, declaring: "I go by records and Bob Paisley is the No.1 manager ever."

While Souness salutes him thus: "When you talk of great managers there's one man at the top of the list and that's Bob Paisley."

Paisley's amazing collection of 19 trophies in nine seasons makes you rub your eyes in wonder. It is the supreme testimony to his magnificent response to what many believed was Mission Impossible..

...After all, ask pundits and public alike, how could anybody follow the legend of Shankly?

When Shanks dropped the bombshell and retired in July 1974 Paisley was the man Liverpool wanted to succeed him. He had been at Shankly's shoulder since the great Scot crossed the Pennines from Huddersfield to transform Anfield's fortunes in December 1959. And his own connection with Liverpool stretched back a further two decades to his arrival at Anfield as a 20-year old left-half on May 8, 1939 for a £10 signing-on fee and weekly wage of £5.

Paisley, born the son of a miner in the County Durham village of Hetton-le-Hole on January 23, 1919, had signed the transfer forms in the Sunderland board room after helping Bishop Auckland beat Willington 3-0 to lift the FA Amateur Cup. During his childhood, spent in a harsh economic climate, he had a talent for absorbing knowledge and advice. His widow Jessie recalls: "Bob always tried to remember what his headmaster told him. That if you speak softly people will try to listen to what you're saying. If you shout they're liable to walk away and not take it in."

Such homespun psychology would serve Paisley invaluably during his management years when Europe bowed to the stocky figure in a flat cap that belied a masterful football brain. Wartime service in Egypt and the western desert delayed Paisley's League debut as a Liverpool player until 1946-47 when he won the first of 10 championship medals in his various Anfield roles in a team that included Scotland and Great Britain star Billy Liddell and centre forward Albert Stubbins.

And despite being ready to leave the club after being dropped by the directors who picked the team for the 1950 FA Cup Final he played on to captain the side and hung up his boots after Liverpool's relegation in 1954 to become reserve team trainer. He also became a renowned, self-taught physiotherapist and Shankly's idiosyncratic apprehension, even fear, of injuries made Paisley's treatment room role even more crucial in their partnership of opposites, one often outrageously extrovert, the other happy in the background.

It was to Paisley, though, that Liverpool turned to follow Shankly. He needed much persuasion from the club and his family to take on the challenge at the age of 55. Finally, he agreed and exclaimed: "It's like being given the Queen Elizabeth to steer in a force 10 gale." But he steered it brilliantly even though he was disappointed with a championship runners-up spot in his first season. Borrowing a phrase from his other great sporting passion of horse racing, he said: "I was like an apprentice that ran wide at the bends."

But Liverpool galloped past a couple of winning posts the following season with a League title and UEFA Cup double. The championship was secured with a 3-1 win on a heady night at Wolves in the final league fixture while European success was clinched with a 4-3 aggregate win over Bruges.

It was the forerunner to a season climaxed by what Paisley termed "my perfect day" when he and his team lifted the European Cup for the first time with a 3-1 conquest of Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome in May 1977. Four days earlier, having already retained the championship, his team had lost the FA Cup Final to Manchester United. But the gloom of Wembley was banished by Liverpool's sparkling display in the Eternal City, which Paisley had helped liberate in wartime.

The victory installed Paisley as the first English-born manager to lift Europe's greatest prize following the success of Scottish duo Jock Stein's Celtic in 1967 and Sir Matt Busby, captain at Liverpool when Paisley first arrived, with Manchester United in 1968.

As the celebratory champagne flowed Paisley, later honoured with an OBE, sat quietly in a corner of the team hotel and said: "I'm not having a drink because I want to savour every moment. The Pope and I are two of the few sober people in Rome tonight!"

The Roman carnival also heralded the end of Kevin Keegan's fine Anfield career in which he had forged a potent attack partnership with John Toshack. The England striker, who would go on to manage his country, departed for Hamburg.

But Paisley, revealing that his superb command of tactics was matched by his judgment of football talent, soon had Keegan's replacement at No. 7 lined up. He signed Kenny Dalglish from Celtic for £440,000, £60,000 less than the income from Keegan's transfer.

"There's never been a better bit of business than that," said delighted Anfield Chairman John Smith. Paisley's genius for team building had already been evident in his capture of Phil Neal, Terry McDermott, Joey Jones and David Johnson, his switch of Ray Kennedy from a powerful striker to a left midfielder who terrorised Europe and his use of David Fairclough as football's prototype "super sub". Paisley, aware he was not the greatest orator, would say: "I let my side do the talking for me." It did with deafening volume thanks to a litany of Paisley recruits including Hansen, Souness, Alan Kennedy, Ronnie Whelan, Ian Rush, Craig Johnston, Mark Lawrenson, Bruce Grobbelaar and Steve Nicol.

And he soared into the stratosphere of managerial achievement by guiding Liverpool to two further European Cup triumphs, at Wembley in 1978, overcoming Bruges, and in Paris three years later when Real Madrid were put to the sword.

Paisley's teams annexed a total of six championships, the most remarkable being in 1978-79 when they emerged with a record 68 points under the old two-points-for-a-win system, conceded a record low 16 goals in their 42 games, scored 85 and lost only four times. He also guided Liverpool to a hat-trick of League Cup successes, failing only to land the FA Cup. But that gap in his collection was bearable given his torrent of triumph before passing on command to Joe Fagan in 1983, having amassed a grand total of 23 Bells Managerial Awards.

After retiring in 1983, he was elected to the board of directors and was an advisor to Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool's first player-manager, before being tragically stricken with Alzheimer's Disease.

Bob Paisley and his deeds were summed up perfectly by Canon John Roberts at his funeral service at St. Peter's, Woolton in February 1996 when he saluted him as an ordinary man of extraordinary greatness. The world of football, not least Liverpool FC, was enriched by his massive and exemplary contribution to it. On Thursday 8th April 1999 Liverpool FC officially opened The Paisley Gateway as an enduring monument to this great man.