Connections: Liverpool – The last player to switch between the two clubs over half a century ago

Manchester United entertain Liverpool this weekend, hoping to make it ten wins on the bounce in all competitions and in doing so, close the gap to their opponents to just two points. United are in red-hot form going into this one and are unbeaten in their last 15 outings, winning their last nine. Liverpool, on the other hand, lost their midweek EFL Cup semi-final first leg to Southampton and drew a blank at home against League Two side Plymouth Argyle last weekend in the FA Cup.

The two sides played out a rather dull goalless stalemate in the reverse fixture at Anfield earlier this campaign however United are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Liverpool, winning four! As you can imagine, there aren’t many players who have represented these two historic clubs, mainly due to their rivalry although there a few to look at, starting with the last ever player to transfer directly between the two teams, Phil Chisnall.

Phil Chisnall

In this day and age, it seems absurd for a player to join your biggest rival, that’s because it is. Can you imagine if Jose Mourinho signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool? No, you can’t, because it would never happen. However, that hasn’t always been the case. In the history of this two huge clubs, only nine players have made the direct switch from United to Liverpool or vice-versa. The last time it happened was in 1964, over 50 years ago! Phil Chisnall was the player in question, joining the Merseyside club from United for £25,000. He only made eight appearances for Liverpool before joining Southend United where he spent the majority of his career.

Michael Owen

Owen scored 222 goals throughout his career although think of how many he could have had, had he not been riddled with injury. He started his career at Liverpool, netting 158 goals in 297 games in all competitions, over a goal every two games. Real Madrid came knocking in 2004 and despite spending the majority of his solitary season in Spain on the bench, he still managed to score 16 times. He returned to England with Newcastle United, however, made just 14 appearances across two season due to injury. When the Magpies got relegated at the end of the 2008/09 campaign, Owen was a free agent and subsequently joined United on a pay-as-you-play deal. He scored 17 times for the Reds, none more famous than the last minute winner in the 4-3 against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford in 2009.

Paul Ince

Ince grew up and played for his beloved West Ham United as a youngster before joining Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in 1989. He arguably enjoyed his best years at the Theatre of Dreams, winning everything domestically including two league titles as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup in 1991. A two-year stint with Italian giants Inter Milan followed before he returned to England with Liverpool. He spent two seasons at Anfield, scoring 17 times before joining Middlesbrough. Ince ended his career at League Two Macclesfield Town via stints at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swindon Town.

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