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Riedle can't wait to partner Fowler

Karlheinz Riedle made a quick dash to the souvenir shop after his £1.8million move to Anfield - proudly emerg ing with two tiny replica shirts for his soccer-mad kids.

The German star revealed that once Liverpool came in for him, there was no stopping the bargain move. In fact, it was the memory of Kenny Dalglish in a Liverpool shirt which helped persuade Borussia Dortmund's Champions League-winning hero to ironically forget all about Newcastle's late, desperate intervention.

Holding up two shirts with Riedle and his lucky No13 on the backs for his small boys Alessandro and Dominic, Riedle said: 'It is a dream for any child in Germany to play for a club like Liverpool.

'I was no different and after seeing Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan and John Toshack play here, it was an immediate decision to join Liverpool once I knew they were interested in me.

'To play in England is the challenge I need and it is now the best league in the world.' Riedle, whose two goals helped Dortmund overcome the odds in the Champions League final against Juventus in May, added: 'Hopefully in the next two or three years I can help Liverpool lift the same trophy.

'Jurgen Klinsmann raised the profile of the English game in Germany even more when he was over here at Tottenham. Now I can't wait to play, especially alongside someone like Robbie Fowler who is an excellent player. I believe Liverpool have a very good team.'

Riedle, a former team-mate of Paul Gascoigne during his time at Lazio said: 'Gazza was always going on about English football and teams like Tottenham. Now I will be playing against them.'

A move to Liverpool could re-ignite Riedle's international career and he still recalls one of the penalty goals which knocked England out of the 1990 World Cup semi-finals in Italy.

He took the third of Germany's successful spot kicks that night and said: 'It was the first penalty I had ever taken in my life. Franz Beckenbauer asked if I fancied taking one and I said "Why not?"'

Riedle is expected to make his debut for Liverpool in a friendly at Crewe on Monday night pro viding his international clearance comes through in time.

Liverpool's swoop for Riedle will give them valuable experience up front and allow them to help nurture the promising career of teenager Michael Owen.

At just £1.8m they have found a bargain replacement for Stan Collymore, who was sold to Aston Villa for £7m. Riedle's arrival still pushes Liverpool's summer spending spree toward the £12m mark.

Manager Roy Evans, anxious to strengthen his side after their bid for the title faltered last season, has already brought in Paul Ince from Inter Milan for £4.2m, Oyvind Leonhardsen from Wimbledon for ?4m and Danny Murphy from Crewe for £1.5m, rising to £3m depending on appearances.

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Karlheinz Riedle fact file

from "Reuters"

BONN (Jul 30, 1997 - 14:51 EDT) - The following is a factfile of German international striker Karlheinz Riedle who joined English premier league club Liverpool on Wednesday.

1965 - Born in Simmerberg-Weiler, September 16.

1974 - Starts playing with TSV Ellhofen before moving to SV Weiler.

1982 - Plays for FC Augsburg, in the regional Bayernliga. In the 1985-86 season, he scores 22 goals and is called up to Germany's under 21 team.

1986 - Joins second division Blau-Weiss Berlin.

1987 - Joins SV Werder Bremen, helping them to the Bundesliga title in his first season.

1988 - Plays first international, scoring a goal in Germany's 4-0 victory over Finland.

1990 - Becomes one of Europe's most expensive footballers by joining Italian side Lazio for 15 million marks ($8,33 million).

1991 - Considers retiring from international football, saying he is tired of being the perennial second choice after Juergen Klinsmann and Rudi Voeller in the national team.

1993 - Returns to Germany by signing with Borussia Dortmund.

1995 - Helps Dortmund to the 1995 and 1996 league title before playing a key role in their European cup campaign.

1997 - Scores twice in European Cup final against Juventus. Dortmund win 3-1. Joins Liverpool.

Copyright - Reuters

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