On This Day – 21st July

On This Day – 21st July - Full-backs arrive and new managers take charge

On This Day - 21st July

1998 - Norwegian international Vegard Heggem arrived from Rosenborg in 1998 for a fee of £3.5million. A highly rated full-back with great energy, good things were expected of Heggem.  Sadly his time at Anfield was hampered by ongoing injury problems, particularly with his hamstrings.  Heggem would only make 65 appearances in 5 years, scoring 3 goals.  Perhaps unfairly, Heggem will be remembered by many fans as the player who was substituted for a young Steven Gerrard to make his debut on 29th November 1998.  Despite being a part of the Treble winning side of 2001/01, Heggem only managed 4 appearances during that season.  Heggem left Liverpool at the end of his contract in 2003, and sadly had to retire from football shortly after.  Heggem played his last competitive game of football at the age of just 25!  Despite this, Heggem regularly returns to Anfield for Legends and Charity matches.

2017 - Future 'legend' Andy Robertson joined Liverpool on 21 July 2017 for a fee of just £8million from Hull City.  Hull had been relegated the previous season, and despite some impressive displays, many questioned why Jurgen Klopp signed the Scottish International.  5 years on and Robertson has become one of the finest full-backs in world football, forming an incredible combination with right-back Alexander-Arnold.  The two full-backs are often Liverpool's most creative players, and Robertson regularly provides more assists than most Premier League midfielders and forwards.  Robertson has made over 220 appearances for Liverpool to date and helped the Reds win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.  Not bad for a player who cost 1/10 of Paul Pogba's £80million transfer fee to Man Utd!




2004 - Spanish manager Rafa Benitez led Liverpool for the first time in a pre-season game against Wrexham.  The Reds won the game 2-1, with Anthony Le Tallec scoring both goals.  Benitez would lead Liverpool to glory in his first 2 seasons, winning first the Champions League in 2005 and then the FA Cup in 2006.

2012 – Brendan Rodgers took charge of Liverpool for the first time as the Reds played out a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC in the aptly named Rodgers Centre.




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Peter Farrell

Lifelong fan with a passion for all things Liverpool. First memory of football is watching John Barnes score a dramatic last minute equaliser in the FA Cup when he was 4. Feels lucky to be a part of the 'Klopp' era.

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