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Torben Piechnik

Torben Piechnik

Birthdate: 21 May 1963
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Other clubs: Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (1979-87), Ikast FS (1988-89), B 1903 (1989-92), FC København (1992 - KB and B 1903 merged to form FCK), AGF (1994-99)
Bought from: FC København
Signed for LFC: £500,000, 16.09.1992
International debut: 13.11.1991 vs. Northern Ireland
International caps: 15/0 - (4/0 at LFC) - 09.06.1996
Liverpool debut: 19.09.1992
Last appearance: 21.11.1993
Contract expiry: 01.06.1994
Win ratio: 33.33% W:8 D:5 L:11
LFC league games/goals: 17 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 24 / 0

Player profile

Piechnik blossomed in Denmark's victorious Euro 1992 squad, showing considerable man-marking skills against some of the best forwards in the world. Souness could have been forgiven for thinking the Dane was a quality defender. Piechnik was tormented by Liverpool old boy Dean Saunders on his debut as Deano put two past Liverpool. Piechnik made only one appearance the following season, embarassingly taken off at half-time after Newcastle had run Liverpool ragged. Piechnik's compatriot, Jan Mølby, told LFChistory.net why he failed at Liverpool. "Torben’s biggest problem was he didn’t want to listen. He had his own idea how he wanted to play and how he thought Liverpool should play," Mølby said. "It became a problem with the manager telling him how he wanted him to play and Torben not wanting to play that way. He defended by dropping off, whereas Liverpool squeezed up, pressurized the opposition. It was only a matter of time before they were going to send him back to Denmark."

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 17 2 5 0 0 24
1992-1993 16 2 5 0 0 23
1993-1994 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
3 Crystal Palace
2 Wimbledon
2 Sheffield United
2 Bolton Wanderers
2 Aston Villa
1 Manchester United
1 Norwich City
1 Coventry City
1 Newcastle United
1 Oldham Athletic
1 Manchester City
1 Blackburn Rovers
1 Everton
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Tottenham
1 QPR
1 Middlesbrough
1 Chesterfield
Total Started/substitutions
23 Started
8 On the bench
1 Substitute
3 Substituted
Total Competition
17 Premier League
5 League Cup
2 FA Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 19.09.1992 Aston Villa Villa Park League

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