Where are they now? Both Xls from Man City’s last win at Liverpool

Posted by on February 20, 2018
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Despite Manchester City’s incredible success in recent years, they still always struggle when they play away against Liverpool. 

The Blues have a woeful record at Anfield and their last victory at Liverpool came 16 years ago, when a Nicolas Anelka double secured a 2-1 win for City.

We’ve taken a look back at both sides from that day, including some Premier League legends and other cult heroes.

Liverpool – Jerzy Dudek

Dudek was Liverpool’s hero as they won the Champions League in 2005, but he lost his starting position to Pepe Reina and signed for Real Madrid in 2007.

The goalkeeper made just two league appearances for Madrid in four years, but he was still substituted to a guard of honour in his final appearance.

After retiring in 2013, he swapped the football pitch for the motor racing track, where he now competes in endurance races.

Jamie Carragher

Carragher spent his entire career at Liverpool and retired in 2013 after making over 700 appearances for the club.

The defender then joined Sky Sports as a pundit, where he has developed a brilliant on-screen bromance with former enemy Gary Neville.

Djimi Traore

Traore was a regular for Liverpool in 2002-03, but he soon found his first team opportunities limited and signed for Charlton in 2006.

After spells with Portsmouth, Rennes, Birmingham City, Monaco, Marseille and Seatlle Sounders, Traore retired in 2014 to become assistant coach with Sounders.

Sami Hyypia 

Hyppia spent 10 successful years at Anfield before joining Bayer Leverkusen in 2009. Following his retirement in 2011, the 46-year-old has managed Leverkusen, Brighton and FC Zurich with less success.

John Arne Riise

Riise earned cult hero status at Liverpool due to his knack of scoring iconic thunderbolts. After joining Roma in 2008, he later had spells in Norway, India and Cyprus before retiring in 2017.

The defender then began working as a football agent, and he joined Maltese club Birkirkara as a sports director in 2019 but resigned three months later.

READ: A tribute to John Arne Riise and his ability to hit a ball very bloody hard

El Hadji Diouf (Emile Heskey, 78)

Diouf flopped at Liverpool after joining the club in 2002,  and he later played for the likes of Bolton, Blackburn, Sunderland, Rangers, Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United.

The 38-year-old has got involved in several bitter feuds with Steven Gerrard, and he has completely burnt all bridges with the club.

“I can say today that the shirt that I regret wearing the most was Liverpool’s, because if I were to do that part of my career again, I would have gone to FC Barcelona or Manchester United. At the time, they wanted me too,” he told French outlet RMC.

Diouf is now running his own sports newspaper business in Dakar plus he working as a goodwill ambassador for the Senegalese government. A slightly ironic job title.

After leaving Liverpool, Heskey played for Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa, Newcastle Jets and Bolton Wanderers.

Since retiring in 2016, Heskey has assisted with the coaching at Bolton as well as doing media work for Premier League TV and Sky Sports.

Dietmar Hamann (Bruno Cheyrou, 78)

Hamann played a key part in Liverpool’s Champions League win over AC Milan in 2055, and he scored in the penalty shootout with a broken toe.

The midfielder signed a pre-contract agreement with Bolton in 2006 before changing his mind and joining Manchester City instead.

Hamann was briefly Stockport County manager in 2011, and he is currently working as a pundit for RTE.

Gerard Houllier dubbed Cheyrou the “new Zidane”, but he failed to make an impact at Anfield and returned to France before retiring in 2012. He is currently working as PSG Ladies’ Sporting Director.

Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool legend made over 700 appearances for the club before moving to America and signing for LA Galaxy in 2015. He then announced his retirement in November 2016.

Gerrard returned to Liverpool to manage their managed their under-18 team during the 2017–18 season, and he is currently impressing as manager of Rangers.