Crossing the new divide: Players to have played for Liverpool & Man City
Clashes between Liverpool and Manchester City do not rank high up in the list of high intensity derby games, for the most part the clashes between the two could be considered the third most important in the North West diary for both clubs with Everton and Manchester United ranking higher.
City’s recent elevation to the top table of English football which culminated in their first premier league title last season has changed all that. Whereas before both clubs had a common ground when it come to success in the new footballing world, City success now gives them a edge, if not history, over Liverpool – and that no doubt hurts.
Given Liverpool’s status and standing in the English game, players generally moved from Anfield to Manchester City and typically at the later stages of their careers, the most recent example being Robbie Fowler, who was well past his best as a striker when he signed with City.
However in recent times, the fortunes of both club have changed considerably. Liverpool are no longer guaranteed their billing as a top four side in England while Manchester City are the new rich kids on the block able to (well almost) pick and choose players at will.
Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger were two players in their prime that were linked with moves to the Etihad in the summer and while both are now committed to the Anfield giants (for now), a sizeable offer from City could change all that.
Liverpool meanwhile were linked with Adam Johnson, a player that City were unable to accommodate in their expensive side and deemed surplus to requirements, he has since joined Sunderland.
For a club stepped in championship history, Liverpool have yet to taste Premier League success and with City joining neighbours United, Chelsea, Blackburn, and Arsenal, their success has created a modern rivalry based on the existence of new world wealth alongside old world history.
Ahead of Sunday’s big clash, we look at five of the players who have played for both club’s over the years.
The only man to have played for Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, Beardsley is best remembered for the impact he made on Merseyside than up the road in Manchester. A record transfer fee, two league titles and a FA Cup are the legacy of his time with Liverpool however the record books show he played one game for Manchester United in a league cup tie and also played 6 games for City on loan from Bolton in 1998. Beardsley won 59 caps for England scoring 9 goals and later in his career he helped his hometown club, Newcastle United to a runner up spot in the Premier League. He is currently the reserve team manager of Newcastle
GOD as he is know on Merseyside, Robbie Fowler is a Liverpool legend and one of only a handful of local stars to make a real genuine impact on the first team at Anfield in the last 20 years. Fowler spent three seasons with City from 2003 to 2006, joining the club from Leeds United. Fowler never really made an impression in the blue of City with injury, sex scandals and loss of form hampering his stay in Manchester. There were some highlights; he scored his 150th Premier League goal while with City not to mention scoring in famous 3-1 win over neighbours United. He left City in 2006 when his contract expired returning to first club and first love Liverpool.
The former England winger turned pundit spent 9 years at Liverpool before moving to Spain with Real Madrid where he won La Liga and European honours. He returned to England in 2003 after four years in Spain to join Manchester City and played for two seasons before hanging up his boots in 2005 with niggling injury’s and the emergence of Shaun Wright-Phillips preventing him from making an impact.
Started his career with Everton but made his name with Liverpool. The hard tackling midfielder moved to Manchester City 1991 at the age of 30 and spent three seasons before finishing his career with Swindon. McMahon, who also played for Aston Villa, was capped 17 times for England and was widely regarded as one of football hardest men.
A changing of the guard occurred last season when City allowed Craig Bellamy to leave the club and sign for Liverpool, cancelling his contract in the process. The Welsh International was out of favour at the club and had just spent the previous season on loan with Championship side Cardiff. For Bellamy his return to Anfield was a second coming and he ended a poor campaign for the club with his head held after a sterling personal season that culminated in a league cup winners medal.