Manchester United and Liverpool are two of the biggest clubs in England. Their rivalry is one of the biggest rivalries in world football. It is considered the most famous fixture in English football.
Players, fans often consider games between the two clubs to be their biggest rivalry.
It would be considered no less than a crime by the fans if a player switch sides between these two. however, there are some players who turned out for both these clubs. Some of them were involved in direct transfer while some took indirect route. Let us have a look at 10 players who played for both Manchester United and Liverpool.
Here is the list of players who played for both Manchester United and Liverpool.
10. Tom Chorlton
Manchester United [1912-1914]
Chorlton became the first player to switch sides between these two when he left Liverpool to join Manchester United in 1912. In his eight-year spell at Liverpool he played 117 games and scored 8 goals all with penalties. His career at Manchester United never really kicked off as he played just 4 games in two-years and was eventually sold to Stalybridge Celtic.
9. Fred Hopkin
Manchester United [1921-1931]
Hopkin joined Manchester United in 1919. He missed just three games in his first season with the club and scored eight goals in 41 appearances, his first coming in a 3–3 away draw in the Manchester derby against Manchester City on 11 October 1919. He was less prolific in his second season, with just three goals in 33 appearances. Hopkin’s contract with Manchester United resulted in the club being fined £350, having illegally offered him more than the league maximum wage plus a percentage of his transfer fee.
At the end of the 1920–21 season, Hopkin was signed by Liverpool manager David Ashworth for £2,800 in May 1921. He stayed at Liverpool for 10 seasons making 360 appearances in all competitions.Left-winger Hopkin was an ‘ever-present’ during Liverpool’s 1921/22 championship season. Another title followed a year later when Hopkin missed just two matches and scored his first goal for the club against Bolton Wanderers early in March 1923.
8. Tom Miller
Manchester United [1920-1921]
Liverpool manager Tom Watson brought him to Anfield in February 1912 for £400. The former Hamilton star was an instant hit on Merseyside and helped the club to their first ever FA Cup final a little over two years later.
Tom’s career was curtailed by 4 years due to World War I but he did return to the Merseyside club in 1919 after the wars conclusion, he found the going good too, banging in a very respectable 13 goals in 25 matches, better than a goal every other game.
Soon he was the interest of Manchester United. He moved to Old Trafford for a club record fee of £2,000 in 1920, but made just 28 total appearances.
7. Peter Beardsley
Manchester United [1982-1983]
Apart from being a part of this unique list of players who played for both Manchester United and Liverpool, he also features in the list of players who played for both Manchester Clubs and also both Merseyside clubs.
He was one of the best wingers in the 1980’s but he played only one game for Manchester United after signing from Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps under Ron Atkinson in a League Cup tie in 1982.
Surprisingly Atkinson failed to see Peter’s talent and his time at Old Trafford was cut short as he would return back to Vancouver. After that Peter signed for Newcastle United in 1983 before joining Liverpool in 1987,where he played 175 games and scored 59 goals over the course of 4 years.