Player profile

Erik Meijer

Birthdate: 2 August 1969
Birthplace: Meersen, Netherlands
Other clubs: Fortuna Sittard (1987-89), Antwerp (1989-91), Eindhoven (loan 1989-90), Fortuna Sittard (loan 2 / 1990-91), MVV Maastricht (1991-93), PSV Eindhoven (1993-95), KFC Uerdingen 05 (1995-96), Bayer Leverkusen (1996-99), Preston North End (loan 2000), Hamburger SV (2000-03), Alemannia Aachen (2003-06)
Bought from: Free Transfer
Signed for LFC: Bosman, 01.07.1999
International debut: 24.03.1993 vs. San Marino
International caps: 1/0
Liverpool debut: 07.08.1999
Last appearance: 09.09.2000
Debut goal: 14.09.1999
Last goal: 14.09.1999
Contract expiry: 11.12.2000
Win ratio: 48.15% W: 13 D: 8 L: 6
LFC league games/goals: 24 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 27 / 2

Player profile

Liverpool needed a tall striker up front and when Houllier was trying to build his own team, Meijer seemed a sensible acquisition on a free transfer on 1 July 1999. Meijer started ten games and came on as a substitute in 17 in his season and a half at Liverpool. His only goals for the club came in the League Cup in the less than luxurious surroundings of Boothferry Park, Hull. Meijer may have had limited abilities as a footballer but he had a never-say-die attitude that inspired better performances from others around him. Once big Emile Heskey arrived in March 2000 the end was nigh for Meijer. He had already been on the books of seven different clubs in Holland, Belgium and Germany before joining Liverpool so it wasn't a surprise that he decided to return to mainland Europe and join Hamburg after being released by Liverpool. After a moderately successful spell at Hamburg, 11 goals from 58 league matches, Meijer moved to Aachen, a town on the German/Dutch border close to the Limburg area of southern Holland where he had been born. His goals helped Alemannia Aachen to reach the German cup final in 2004, when despite defeat to Werder Bremen, his club was entered into the UEFA Cup because Werder had already qualified for Europe as German champions that season. Meijer was also a key player as Aachen returned to the top division of German football for the first time in 36 years. After that promotion, Meijer retired as an active player shortly before his thirty-seventh birthday. In 2008 he was asked to become a patron of the newly-formed AFC Liverpool club, a position he immediately accepted. A year later he was named Alemannia Aachen's Director of Sport.

Meijer became a bit of a 'cult hero' amongst Liverpool supporters despite his time on Merseyside being only brief. Whilst a Hamburger player, he travelled to Dortmund for Liverpool's UEFA Cup final in 2001, where he was seen partying with many Reds before the match. LFChistory.net met up with him to refresh his memory of that party. "I went over with some friends and they were all wearing a Liverpool shirt with my name and number on it. Some Liverpool fans were asking where they got that shirt. I had my jacket over my shirt. They answered: 'Well, because Erik is here' and then the catastrophe started. I had to sing some songs for the boys. It was a great afternoon. One of my best times as a supporter, being on the big square and singing songs." Asked tongue-in-cheek to explain his rather less than stellar goalscoring ratio for Liverpool of two goals in 27 games he replied: "Correct, that's one goal every ten games... [laughs]. It was a great start. The Hull game was the first game I started and I scored two goals and Liverpool won. It was a very good start, but it was just a start." Jamie Carragher certainly approved of Meijer. "He was just a great fella to have around the place and a great fella to have on the pitch when he did play, a real team player who'd really put himself about. He was just unfortunate at the time that we had so many good strikers and he was probably number four choice before he got the chance to move on. Mad Erik, I think he's definitely a cult-hero."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals24030027
1999-2000 21030024
2000-2001 300003

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3Aston Villa
3Southampton
2Hull City
2Middlesbrough
2West Ham United
2Arsenal
2Sunderland
2Bradford City
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Everton
1Leicester City
1Derby
1Manchester United
1Leeds United
1Newcastle United
1Chelsea
1Manchester City
Total Started/substitutions
10 Started
9 On the bench
17 Substitute
3 Substituted
TotalCompetition
24Premier League
3League Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals002002
1999-2000 002002
2000-2001 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
2Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
2League Cup
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
146-60 minutes
161-75 minutes
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
107.08.1999Sheffield WednesdayHillsboroughLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
14814.09.1999Hull CityBoothferry ParkLeague Cup

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Related Quotes

"He was just a great fella to have around the place and a great fella to have on the pitch when he did play – a real team player who'd really put himself about. He was just unfortunate at the time that we had so many good strikers and he was probably number four choice before he got the chance to move on. Mad Erik, I think he's definitely a cult-hero."

Jamie Carragher on Erik Meijer

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1999-2000 18 Striker
2000-2001 18 Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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