Americans for Liverpool FC. With the current state of the recent champions of England in mind, no American player seems good enough to play for LFC. But it hasn’t always been like that. We’ve looked through the history books and found a few players with an American passport that actually played for LFC more or less.
Solid goalie - Brad Friedel
was purchased from Columbus Crew in 1997. At that time, it was rare that an American goalkeeper would fly across the pond to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Nevertheless, that’s what happened with Friedel who had a season at Liverpool before being shipped off to Blackburn.
Even though his Liverpool career was brief, he went on to play for Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur until 2015 when Friedel was 44 years old. He even scored a goal along the way and achieved the rare feat of becoming the only second goalkeeper in history to score a Premier League goal after legend Peter Schmeichel did the same for Aston Villa in 2002.
Across the universe – Steven Gerrard
Admitted, this is cheating. Steven Gerrard isn’t American, but he might as well be. After leaving Liverpool in 2015, he joined LA Galaxy for a season and a half
until the end of 2016. So even though he doesn’t hold an American passport this Liverpool legend only played for one other club his entire career in Los Angeles, missing out on becoming a one-club-player like Totti and Maldini in Italy.
Even though is a bit of a stretch, it’s still noteworthy that Gerrard chose to finish his career in the States as with his fellow countryman David Beckham. Los Angeles is the place to be apparently. Today Gerrard is managing his career as manager for Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League with great success.
From down south – Luis Suarez
We’ve already bent the rules a bit so we might as well go all in on this one. At least Luis Suarez is American - South American that is because he holds a Uruguayan passport. He was a key part of the revival of Liverpool in the years from 2011-14 and scored 69 Premier League, more than any Liverpool player at the time. Suarez is surely the stuff legends are made of.
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Written by Alan Spencer