Picture: Emile Heskey / Gary McAllister
Leicester City and Liverpool are playing at Anfield this afternoon, and a number of players have been seen in both kits. It’s a while ago that a player made a move between the two clubs, but going back you find a record signing in Emile Heskey, who joined Liverpool from Leicester back in 2000 for a fee of £11million.
Former Leicester City manager Tom Bromilow, being in charge at Filbert Street from 1939 to 1945, was a one club player with Liverpool from 1919 to 1930 and seen as a real legend at Anfield. Another who did play in both camps from “all those years ago” is Jack Bamber, starting his career with The Reds and later moving to Leicester City, being with The Foxes from 1924 to 1927.
Willie Carlin is a player few might remember from Liverpool, but he was under the wings of Bill Shankly making one single appearance, before joining Halifax Town, Carlisle United, Sheffield United, Derby County and Leicester City. Also a short spell at Filbert Street, playing only 31 league games from 1970 to 1971. A rare example of a player who did his trade under both Bill Shankly and Brian Clough.
A cult hero at Leicester City, goalkeeper Pegguy Arphexad also made a move to Anfield from Leicester City back in 2000, spending three years at Liverpool and seen as a quality act in both camps, being first of all a cover for the first choice goalkeeper and stepping in when needed in the best way possible.
Gary McAllister had his youth as player with Leicester City, maybe his best years in football at Leeds United, but surprisingly became a integral part at Anfield in his late 30’s, playing there from 2000 to 2002.
Goalkeepers Carl Muggleton and Mike Hooper made a loan switch back in 1990, with the two going opposites way. Hooper played 14 league games for Leicester City while Muggleton never apperad in the Liverpool first team.
Stan Collymore joined Liverpool from Nottingham Forest for a new English record transfer fee. Liverpool paid £8.5million for Collymore’s services, but it never became as great as it had been at Forest, playing only 68 league games and scoring 28 goals before moving to Villa Park and a later a few months with Leicester City, scoring 5 goals in 11 games, before moving to Bradford City.
Paul Konchesky had a brief spell at Anfield before Sven Goran Eriksson signed him for Leicester City and he had a solid spell at King Power from 2011 to 2016, playing 138 league games and scoring 5 goals. His time with Liverpool lasted just a few months as he struggled to become a first team regular.
Strangely a great amount of goalkeepers have been in both clubs, two of those are Chris Kirkland and Tony Warner. Brief spells at Leicester City on loan for the two, and none of them were ever seen as anything else than covers at Anfield. Warner was at Leicester City in that 2008/09 league one season, Kirkland had his short stay at King Power a couple of years later.
Dietmar Hamann and Brendan Rodgers both comes to mind as well, as the two are former Liverpool men, Hamann as a galant midfielder and Rodgers being their manager from 2012 to 2015. Hamann had a spell as coach, strangely leaving for a chance to become the manager of Stockport County.
Another former manager at Leicester City, Gordon Milne, was a steady performer at Anfield as a midfielder in the 60’s, playing more than 250 games in all competitions while at Anfield, winning the league in 1964 and 1966. His time in charge at Leicester CIty was also seen as a success with promotion and steady performances in the top flight, being in charge from 1982 to 1986.
Mike Newell, who we all remember from the late 80’s at Leicester City, started his career at Anfield but never played in the first team. He later spend time at Everton, being sold from Leicester City back in 1989.
David Speedie is a forward mostly known for his days at Chelsea, but he did play at Anfield and Filbert Street with short spells in both camps. He joined Liverpool in 1991 and played just 11 league games before moving on, at Leicester he played and important part helping the club up via the play-off’s in 1993-94.
A list of players in both camps,
- Pegguy Arphexad
- Chris Kirkland
- Mike Hooper
- Paul Konchesky
- Gary McAllister
- Kevin MacDonald
- Willie Carlin
- David Speeide
- Stan Collymore
- Emile Heskey