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Played for both in the Premier League: Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool

| 05.03.2015

Liverpool are set to face Blackburn Rovers in an exciting FA Cup quarter-final encounter at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers’ Reds aiming for their first piece of silverware success since 2012, while the Rovers hope to cause an another upset.

The Merseyside outfit, 7/4 favourites to lift this year’s trophy, have won this competition an impressive seven times, with their Ewood Park opponents having secured the coveted crown on six occasions.

Ahead of the anticipated cup clash, Coral writers look at five players from the Premier League era who played for both clubs during their top-flight career.

Brad Friedel
The veteran goalkeeper, now 43 years old and playing for Spurs, holds the amazing record of most consecutive Premier League appearances after his 310 outings on-the-bounce during his time at Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham.

Friedel is also the fourth most-capped goalkeeper in the USA’s history, after making his international debut in 1992, and going on to feature at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals.

His top-flight spells at both Blackburn and the Reds were glittered with sensational saves, spending three seasons at Anfield and eight at Ewood Park, with the American stopper also helping to secure a League Cup triumph during his time with the club.

Watch Friedel make a delightful double save for Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, 2007.

Jason McAteer
The former Republic of Ireland international made over 100 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, before joining Blackburn in 1999.

McAteer was a versatile player, being deployed in centre midfield, full back and the right wing during his time in the Premier League with both clubs. His total transfer values from his playing career reached over £9m, while also having earned over 50 international caps for Ireland.

Watch McAteer net a well-timed header for Blackburn against Burnley in 2000.

Craig Bellamy
Controversial forward Bellamy knows what it takes to taste cup success, having helped fire Liverpool to a League Cup victory in 2012, as well as lifting the Scottish Cup with Celtic seven years earlier.

The Welsh attacker spent just a single campaign at Blackburn, before making a switch to Anfield in 2006, for his first spell on the Red half of Merseyside. Bellamy then featured for three further clubs, including Manchester City, before eventually rejoining Liverpool for a second stint in 2011.

Watch Bellamy score against Blackburn for Liverpool with a delicious diving header in 2006.

Danny Murphy
Former midfield maestro Murphy lifted the FA Cup with the Reds in 2001, as part of a cup treble which also included a League Cup and UEFA Cup win.

Murphy was a fan favourite among the KOP faithful, making over 170 appearances during seven seasons. Although, it wasn’t until the end of his playing days that a move to Blackburn materialised, joining the Ewood Park outfit for the final year of his successful career.

Watch Murphy strike a sublime free-kick into the top corner against Manchester United in 2000.

Stephen Warnock
Warnock is still plying his trade for Derby County in the Championship, but he lifted the FA Cup with Liverpool in 2006, before eventually making a move to Blackburn in 2007.

The full back has received two England caps, and was part of the 2010 World Cup squad, but narrowly missed out on cup success with Aston Villa, as they were beaten in 2010’s League Cup final by Manchester United. Warnock’s former club Blackburn are available at 66/1 to claim a famous cup coup this year.

Watch Warnock put Liverpool 5-1 up against Fulham with his first league goal.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.