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Played for both: Five PL era forwards at Liverpool and Man City

| 21.11.2015

Matt Haynes | November 18, 2015

It isn’t uncommon, looking back through history, to find players who have plied their trade at a number of Premier League clubs, and when the fixture list throws up a classic such as Liverpool and Manchester City, we at Coral find it irresistible to look back at famous names, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds side 17/4 to beat Manchester City.

Following Raheem Sterling’s blockbuster summer switch to the Etihad stadium, it gave us the idea to think about five more forwards who have played for both clubs during the Premier league era and we were surprised by the names we unearthed.

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Read on to find out who we came up with!

Daniel Sturridge

The 25-year-old started his career at Man City, before being sold to Chelsea who recognised an opportunity to add more young English talent to their ranks. Having just come back from a long injury lay-off, Sturridge is 2/1 with Coral to net anytime against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

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Robbie Fowler

A Liverpool legend, upon leaving the club where he started his career and scored 120 goals in 236 appearances, Fowler went on to play for Leeds United and Man City where he netted 20 in 80, before making a sensational return to the Reds to score eight goals in 30 outings.

Nicolas Anelka

‘Le Sulk’ joined the Reds on loan from PSG in 2001 and dispatched four goals in 20 outings, before joining Man City to score 37 goals in 89 appearances. Perhaps one of the most travelled footballers of his generation, Anelka has played for 12 different clubs, including Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Mario Balotelli

One of the more controversial strikers on this list, which is saying something considering the last three, who often divided opinion with their antics, each of them would have a job competing with the Italian. Balotelli scored 20 goals in 59 appearances with City, winning the Premier League title in 2012, assisting Sergio Aguero for the goal which literally ensured the trophy would be heading to the Etihad.

However, a disappointing season with Liverpool last campaign has seen him sent out on loan to AC Milan and whether he plays a part for the Reds in future, depends on whether Klopp thinks he can utilise him.

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Craig Bellamy

Capped by Wales 78 times, the 35-year-old was effective wherever he has played throughout his career. He had two stints at Liverpool, five years apart (2006-07 and 2011-12), where he scored a combined 13 goals in 51 appearances.


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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.