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Who has Played for Liverpool and West Ham? The Best and the Worst

Liverpool travel to West Ham’s ground, London Stadium for the 25th game of the 2018/19 Premier League season. Having beaten the Hammers in our opening game of the campaign last August in a comprehensive 4:0 victory. A brace from Mané in between goals from Salah and Sturridge. How many players can you remember who’ve played for both clubs? Have a read below to jog your memory.

The Carroll and Downing Days

The most recent transfer deals of players we’ve signed who were then sold on to West Ham was the 2011 signings of Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll for £20 million and £35 million respectively. Both went on to have underwhelming careers at Liverpool. Carroll was signed in desperate last minute bid on transfer day for a then, record fee for a British player, to replace the outgoing Fernando Torres. His legacy is to be remembered for the winner in a 2:1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup semifinal in 2012.

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Stewart Downing (R) of Liverpool celebrates his goal with Andy Carroll during the FA Cup with Budweiser Sixth Round match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on March 18, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Stewart Downing then joined the Hammers two years later,  after 65 league appearances and three goals with Liverpool  for £5 million a quarter of what he’d cost Liverpool. £17 million was paid by West Ham for the services of Andy Carroll in 2013 after an initial season long loan at the London club. Two forgettable signings.

Historical Signings

According to my research, in 1903 West Ham goalkeeper, Charles Cotton was the first ever player to join Liverpool from the London club. Making 13 league appearances for us in a regulation season to Division two. He was promptly dispatched straight back to  West Ham. Tragically he died at 29 from a kidney infection in 1910.

Danny Shone, a forward born in 1899 played in Liverpool’s 1922 First Division title winning season, scoring his first goal against Everton at Goodison Park, and a 36 minute hat trick against Middlesbrough prompting the Liverpool Echo to use the headline, “The sun did not shine at Anfield but Shone.” Having played 81 times and scored 26 goals for Liverpool he joined West Ham in 1928.

Other Notable Signings

Argentinian player Javier Mascherano joined Liverpool in 2007 from West Ham in an eventual £18.7 million deal after an initial loan agreement. Making over 94 appearances with a solitary goal to his credit he’s best remembered for being sent off at Old Trafford, when Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benítez had to practically drag him off the pitch. A bad example of ill discipline by a player representing Liverpool. His terrible disciplinary record, with seven yellow and two red cards during the 2009/10 season certainly didn’t endear him to me. Personally to me he’s one of the worst players to represent Liverpool in recent times and I was glad to see the back of him.

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Javier Mascherano of Liverpool is calmed down by his team-mates after being sent off by referee Steve Bennett during the Barclays FA Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 23 2008 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Coleman/Manchester United via Getty Images)

One of my favorite signings from West Ham was Yossi Benayoun, the third Israeli to play for Liverpool after Avi Cohen and Ronny Rosenthal. Signed in 2007 for £5 million having helped West Ham gain promotion to the Premier League and reach the 2006 FA Cup which they lost to Liverpool the midfielder went on to make 134 overall appearances and scoring 29 goals.

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Yossi Benayoun of Liverpool shoots just wide during the UEFA Europa League Semi-Finals First Leg match between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool FC at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

His legacy is being the only Liverpool player to score a hat trick in the Premier League, FA Cup And Champions League. Widely regarded as an impact player similar to current Liverpool player, Xherdan Shaqiri. My favorite memory of Benayoun is when he scored the winner against Real Madrid in a 1:0 Champions League round of 16 win over the Spanish giants at the Bernabéu Stadium in 2009.

Crazy Golf

Craig Bellamy came to Anfield swinging imaginary golf clubs on the pitch and real ones off the pitch. This Welsh Wizard joined Liverpool in 2006 for a sum in the region of £6 million. Not one of our most effective signings. An unused substitute in our 2:1 Champions League Final defeat to AC Milan in 2007. Made a total of 27 league appearances, scoring seven goals in his single season at Anfield before joining West Ham for £7.5 million, much to the relief of John Arne Riise.

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Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy celebrates with his ‘Golf Swing’ after scoring during the UEFA Champions league Round of 16, 1st leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou Stadium on February 21, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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