Men's Team

City v Liverpool: Top five connections

We take a look at the links between the two club's ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash

Robbie Fowler

Still regarded as a divine figure on Merseyside, Fowler also scored some important goals later on in his career at City.

Two spells at Liverpool saw him find the back of the net 128 times, making him one of the club’s all-time record goalscorers.

Although his time at the City of Manchester Stadium was hampered by injury, “the Toxteth terror” scored a couple of hat-tricks for the Blues, including a famous one at Norwich City which inspired Delia Smith’s “Let’s be having you” half-time rant.

Robbie Fowler

Steve McManaman

“Macca” is another player to have plied his trades at both clubs at either ends of a glittering career.

The Kirkdale-born winger made more than 250 appearances for Liverpool before becoming one of the first players to utilize the new Bosman ruling which allowed him to leave the club on a free transfer to take up a lucrative contract at Real Madrid.

Steve McManaman won the Champions League twice in Spain, before joining City where he spent two years and made 44 appearances.

Kevin Keegan

Liverpool saw the best of Kevin Keegan’s playing days, with the forward appearing on more than 230 occasions.

King Kev won the European Cup and three league titles at Anfield before making a surprising transfer to Hamburg where he won the Bundesliga and the Ballon d’Or in 1978 and 1979.

After his successful playing career, Keegan became a heroic figure in Newcastle for his managerial exploits but is also fondly remembered for a four-year ship-steadying tenure at the City of Manchester Stadium between 2001 and 2004.

Kevin Keegan

David James

Liverpool parted with £1.25m to secure the signature of the Watford goalkeeper back in 1992 and he went on to play 277 games for the Reds but only had a solitary League Cup winners medal to show for his seven years at the club.

After spells at Aston Villa and West Ham, David James joined fellow former Anfield favourite Kevin Keegan at City, becoming a fixture between the sticks from 2004 to 2006.

Dietmar Hamann

German international defensive midfielder Dietmar Hamann is still regarded as a cult hero at Anfield, after joining from Newcastle United in 1999.

His introduction at half-time which turned the famous 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Liverpool’s favour is the stuff of Merseyside folklore and Hamann went on to enjoy an impressive career Indian summer at City, playing more than 50 games over two seasons.


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