Rated! 10 who played for both Liverpool and Southampton – and who they were best for

Kevin Keegan

As the two clubs prepare to horns at St Mary, so Richard Edwards takes a look at those who represented both sides of the divide

Peter Crouch

Southampton 2004-05, Liverpool 2005-08

Southampton may have been relegated for the first time in a generation during his season at the club, but Crouch rediscovered his goalscoring touch at St Mary's in 2004/05 after two barren years at Aston Villa.

His penalty-box exploits that season caught the attention of Liverpool, who paid £7m to bring him to Anfield. The striker bagged an FA Cup winner’s medal in 2006 as Rafa Benitez's charges hauled themselves back from the brink against West Ham, while he also became an England regular during his time on Merseyside. 

Southampton 7/10 • Liverpool 8/10

Rickie Lambert

Southampton 2009-14, Liverpool 2014-15

He hardly got a decent crack at things under Brendan Rodgers during a tough season for a side who had come within an ace of the title the previous campaign

The Merseyside-born striker had already been round the block a few times when he arrived at Southampton at the age of 27 in summer 2009; by the time he'd bagged his dream move to Anfield five years later, he was already past his prolific best. It showed, too: Lambert scored just twice in the Premier League and once in Europe in his single season at Anfield – a haul which contrasts sharply with the 106 league goals he bagged in 2007 matches for Saints.

That said, he hardly got a decent crack under Brendan Rodgers during a tough season for a side who had come within an ace of the title in the previous campaign. Still, at least Lambert got to play for his hometown club in European football’s biggest competition.

Southampton 8/10 • Liverpool 5/10

Kevin Keegan

Liverpool 1971-77, Southampton 1980-82

He scored 37 goals in 68 games in a side containing the likes of Mike Channon and Alan Ball, before leaving Southampton in 1982

When Southampton boss Lawrie McMenemy called a surprise press conference at the Potters Heron Hotel near Romsey in summer 1980, the nation’s hacks arrived without a clue what they were about to be told. What they saw made them blink in disbelief: sitting next to an understandably grinning McMenemy was a man who'd returned to the English game after establishing himself as one of the continent’s pre-eminent players, first at Anfield and then at Hamburg.

In perhaps the most remarkable coup since General Pinochet’s none-too-peaceful takeover of Chile in 1973, McMenemy had secured the services of a two-time European Footballer of the Year – and Saints’ fans couldn’t believe their luck. Keegan didn’t disappoint, either: he scored 37 goals in 68 games in a side containing the likes of Mike Channon and Alan Ball, before leaving Southampton in 1982.

Liverpool 8/10 • Southampton 8/10

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