Player profile

Karl-Heinz Riedle

Birthdate: 16 September 1965
Birthplace: Weiler-Simmerberg, Germany
Other clubs: Augsburg (1982-86), Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin (1986-87), Werder Bremen (1987-90), Lazio (1990-93), Borussia Dortmund (1993-97), Fulham (1999-2001)
Bought from: Borussia Dortmund
Signed for LFC: £1.8m, 30.07.1997
International debut: 31.08.1988 vs. Finland
International caps: 42/16 - 07.09.1994
Liverpool debut: 09.08.1997
Last appearance: 21.09.1999
Debut goal: 26.08.1997
Last goal: 21.09.1999
Contract expiry: 28.09.1999
Win ratio: 43.42% W: 33 D: 17 L: 26
Games/goals ratio: 5.07
LFC league games/goals: 60 / 11
Total LFC games/goals: 76 / 15

Player profile

Riedle was born in West-Germany but finally made the grade in the Bundesliga when he joined Werder Bremen in 1987, winning the Bundesliga in his first season. He won the World Cup with Germany in 1990 and later that summer became one of Europe's most expensive players when he moved to Lazio. Three years later he returned to Germany with Dortmund who won the Bundesliga title in 1994 and 1995. He arrived at Liverpool a bona-fide international star after scoring two goals for Dortmund in the Champions League final win over Juventus, a couple of months earlier. Roy Evans had brought in a trio of experienced players in the summer of 1997 in Riedle, Oyvind Leonardsen and Paul Ince who he hoped would benefit the less experienced in his squad.

Riedle had, however, clearly left his best footballing years behind him in Germany, strangely unaware of, despite all his experience, of the offside rule. His two full seasons at Liverpool followed a similar pattern as he was first choice at the beginning and the end of the campaign, having lost his place, but regained it due to the enforced absence of either Michael Owen or Robbie Fowler. Riedle scored two against Hull in the League Cup in his farewell appearance before joining Fulham in the First Division. He was caretaker manager of the southwest London club in the 1999/2000 season alongside Roy Evans.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals60277076
1997-1998 25153034
1998-1999 34114040
1999-2000 101002

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Middlesbrough
4Aston Villa
4Leeds United
4Coventry City
4Chelsea
4West Ham United
4Arsenal
4Sheffield Wednesday
3Tottenham
3Leicester City
3Wimbledon
3Everton
3Newcastle United
3Southampton
3Manchester United
2Derby
2Blackburn Rovers
2Bolton Wanderers
2Nottingham Forest
2Barnsley
2Celta Vigo
2Celtic
1Watford
1WBA
1Port Vale
1Grimsby Town
1Kosice
1Valencia
1Strasbourg
1Charlton Athletic
1Hull City
Total Started/substitutions
42 Started
6 On the bench
34 Substitute
14 Substituted
TotalCompetition
60Premier League
7UEFA Cup
7League Cup
2FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals11022015
1997-1998 600107
1998-1999 500106
1999-2000 002002

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
12Started
3Substitute
TotalCompetition
11Premier League
2UEFA Cup
2League Cup
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
116-30 minutes
431-45 minutes
246-60 minutes
361-75 minutes
576-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
15Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
109.08.1997WimbledonSelhurst ParkLeague
5024.11.1998Celta VigoEstadio Balaidos Europe

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
17426.08.1997Leeds UnitedElland RoadLeague

Related Articles

Whatever happened to Karl-Heinz Riedle?

Written by David Tully on 7th April 2010 on live4liverpool.com.More

Riedle can't wait to partner Fowler

An article from World Soccernet on 31.07.1999.More

Press Association match report

Press Association match report on Leeds United - Liverpool on 26.08.1997. More

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1997-1998 13 Striker
1998-1999 13 Striker
1999-2000 13 Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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