With both Liverpool and Manchester City going head to head for the Premier League title, it will be an interesting match when both these teams clash for a 6 pointer game at the top of the table. Liverpool have ex Citizens in their team in the form of Milner and Sturridge, while City also have an ex-Red as Sterling. They will provide the extra spice for this special affair. However, they are not the only players who played for both Liverpool and Manchester City in their career. In fact, there are more than 20 players who played for both these clubs. In this article ,we will have a look at some of those players.
Here are the top 10 players who played for both Liverpool and Manchester City –
10. Dieter Hamann
Hamann was instrumental during his time at Liverpool, arriving at the club in 1999. He enjoyed a successful spell at the club, winning every trophy possible besides the league title. The German was a key figure in the miraculous comeback win over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final. He left Liverpool in 2006 to join Manchester City. The German spent three years in Manchester, playing 71 times and scoring one goal.
9. Kolo Toure
Following seven successful years at Arsenal, Toure joined Manchester City in 2009 and was made club captain by Mark Hughes. City finished fifth in his first season, but Hughes was replaced by Roberto Mancini and the Italian handed the armband to Carlos Tevez. Toure became a squad player in 2011/12, making only 14 league appearances as City won the title.
After another season as a bit-part player, Toure joined Liverpool on a free transfer in 2013, narrowly missing out on another league winner’s medal in his debut campaign. The centre-back moved to Celtic in 2016.
8. James Milner
Milner joined City in summer 2010 after an impressive spell at Aston Villa, making his debut in a comfortable 3-0 win over Liverpool. The versatile midfielder provided two assists in the famous 6-1 triumph at Old Trafford the following year, which was one of his 26 league appearances in City’s title-winning campaign under Roberto Mancini.
Milner also won the league at the Etihad in 2014, before joining Liverpool a year later. He was deployed at left-back by Jurgen Klopp for much of 2016/17, but is now one of many midfield options available to the Merseyside club.
7. Mario Balotelli
A Champions League winner at the age of 19 with Inter, Balotelli moved to the Etihad in 2010. He quickly became a cult hero with City fans, and increased his status even more following his two goals and the infamous “Why Always Me?” celebration in the team’s 6-1 win at Old Trafford. He provided the assist for Sergio Agüero to score the goal that won the Premier League title in 2012. Balotelli was sold to AC Milan, fulfilling his boyhood ambition.
18 months later the Italian was back, moving to Liverpool in a £16m deal. However, things didn’t go according to plan on Merseyside. He only scored one PL goal for Liverpool before leaving for Milan in 2015.