5 players you forgot played for both Fulham and Liverpool Football Clubs

Five players that you may have forgotten played for both Fulham and Liverpool Football Clubs in the English Premier League era.

Karl-Heinz Riedle playing for Liverpool Football Club
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Transfers between clubs in the English Premier League is part of what makes football so exciting. One club is looking to bolster their squad whereas the other is happy to let a player leave. A player that may have been getting cheered today at a club may then become booed the next when they pull on a shirt of another.

Sometimes, transfers are completed in hostile circumstances. Players may force their hand at a club by stating their desire to leave, whereas clubs may look to turn the heads of others by making their interest known. In those circumstances, transfers between clubs can become a tetchy affair.

Two clubs that have not had any major issues completing transfers between them are Liverpool Football Club and Fulham Football Club. In fact, to date, there have been 15 transfers altogether between the sides in the English Premier League era. So it’s fair to say that they have found a way to do business when it comes to player trades between each other.

While we all might know of popular names that have played for both sides – the likes of John Arne Riise, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho are names that stick out quite quickly – there are many others who you either did not know played for both or you simply may have forgotten.

DaveOCKOP have put together a list of five players that you may have forgotten played for both Fulham and Liverpool Football Clubs in the English Premier League era.

Karl Heinz-Riedle

So we’re going to start with a fairly high profile name that would be familiar to LFC fans who followed the club in the late 90s. Karl Heinz-Riedle was a German striker who built up a fairly reputable profile in Europe thanks to his exploits in Germany.

Riedle rose to prominence in 1987 when his goals propelled Werder Bremen to the Bundesliga title as then helped his country win the 1990 FIFA World Cup. But it’s arguable that he’ll best be remembered in Europe for his contributions to Borussia Dortmund. His goals helped them win back to back Bundesliga titles and then he memorably scored two goals in the 1996-97 UEFA Champions League final against Juventus – helping Dortmund win their first and only UEFA Champions League title.

On the back of that performance, Liverpool paid just under £2m to bring the German to Anfield. But his time at Merseyside didn’t go as expected. Riedle was unlucky in that his arrival coincided with the rise of a certain Michael Owen and the Germany international constantly found himself playing second fiddle to the England wonderkid.

After two seasons of fairly regular game-time, his third at Liverpool fell off completely. Gerard Houllier, who had taken over sole responsibility from his previous arrangement of sharing the role with Roy Evans, left Riedle out of the first team squad entirely from 7 of 8 English Premier League games. Seeing the writing on the wall, Riedle left Liverpool for London as he signed for Fulham – where the man who brought him to Liverpool, Roy Evans, was now in charge.

Fulham, who were a Division 1 (now called The Championship) side at the time and hadn’t ever been part of the English Premier League. In fact, they hadn’t been in the English top division since the 1967-68 season. Riedle spent two seasons at Craven Cottage where he helped them secure promotion to the Premier League and then retired from football altogether.

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