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Five who played for both – Liverpool and Fulham

Liverpool take on Fulham in the Carabao Cup semi-finals this evening, as the Reds host their West London opponents in the first leg.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are aiming to win the League Cup for a record-extending 10th time this season, while Fulham are chasing a first major trophy in their history.

Ahead of the clash, we’ve decided to remember five faces who have represented both clubs in the Premier League era.

Five who played for both – Liverpool and Fulham:

Steve Finnan

Steve Finnan is a common name when it comes to football-related trivia, with the former full-back the only player in history to have played in the World Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup, Intertoto Cup, all four levels of the English league football and the National League.

Finnan formed part of Fulham’s rise through the divisions after joining the then third-tier Cottagers from Notts County, with the Irishman a regular in the side as the West Londoners were promoted through the divisions and into the Premier League.

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The right-back made 209 appearances in all competitions for Fulham, before signing for Liverpool for a fee of £3.5m in 2003. He quickly became a popular figure at Anfield for his consistent performances and racked up 212 games for the Reds, winning the 2005 Champions League and 2006 FA Cup.

Capped 53 times for the Republic of Ireland, he represented The Boys in Green at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Danny Murphy

Liverpool snapped up the talents of Danny Murphy from Crewe Alexandra in 1997, with the midfielder becoming a fan favourite on Merseyside.

Murphy made 249 appearances for Liverpool and formed part of the team that won a UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble under Gerard Houllier in 2000/01.

Murphy won a second League Cup at Liverpool in 2003 and was named as the Reds’ Player of the Season during that campaign. The midfielder also earned cult status at Liverpool after a hat-trick of winning goals against Manchester United at Old Trafford, settling clashes with the club’s fiercest rivals in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

A surprise casualty following Rafael Benitez’s appointment as manager, Murphy has spells at Charlton and Tottenham before joining Fulham in 2007. A crucial winner at Portsmouth secured Fulham’s top-flight survival in his debut campaign, before forming part of the team that reached the 2010 Europa League final. He made 211 appearances in all competitions for the Cottagers.

John Arne Riise

John Arne Riise’s boundless energy and turbo-charged left foot made him a favourite at Liverpool, following his arrival from AS Monaco in 2001.

Riise’s repertoire of rockets included a thunderous free-kick against Manchester United during his debut season, one of several stunning goals the Norwegian scored in a Liverpool shirt.

Riise spent seven seasons at Liverpool and won the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Super Cup (2) among his honours, racking up 348 games for the club.

He signed for Fulham, via a three-season spell at Roma, in 2011 and played 101 times for the West Londoners during three seasons in the capital. With 110 caps, he is the most-capped footballer in the history of the Norwegian national team.

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Ryan Babel

Ryan Babel arrived at Liverpool from Ajax in 2007 with a growing reputation, having formed part of the Dutch side that beat England en route to winning the u-21 European Championship that summer.

The winger scored 10 goals in all competitions during an impressive debut season but failed to fulfil his potential in a red shirt, despite occasional flashes of real quality. Babel spent four seasons with the Merseysiders and scored 22 goals in 146 games, before departing for Hoffenheim after falling out of favour at Anfield.

A nomadic career took in spells in Holland, Turkey, UAE, Spain and Turkey again, before Babel returned to the Premier League to join Fulham on loan. He scored five goals in 16 appearances during a six-month spell at Craven Cottage but was unable to prevent Scott Parker’s team from Premier League relegation.

Harvey Elliott

Harvey Elliott made history when making his Fulham debut, after being handed his senior bow aged 15 years and 174 days in a League Cup clash against Millwall.

He became the club’s youngest debutant and the youngest player to feature in the EFL Cup, before becoming the Premier League’s then-youngest player with a late appearance against Wolves in May 2019.

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Fulham were unable to retain the services of the record-breaker, however, as Liverpool swooped in to sign Elliott. The figure involved was a record compensation fee for a 16-year-old, set by a tribunal.

Elliott has since made 92 appearances for Liverpool, scoring seven times, and is looking to secure a prominent role in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. In the summer, he formed part of the England u-21 team that won the European Championship for the first time since 1984. He has scored six goals in 18 appearances for the Young Lions.

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