In advance of our FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday evening, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those few who have represented both blue and red.
Currently up front
Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of £50m on deadline day in January 2011. He had bagged an impressive 81 goals in 142 reds games following his then club record £20.2m capture from Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007. He has so far netted just twelve times in 63 games for his new outfit, although he bagged a treble in his last run-out, against Queens Park Rangers.
Other current double agents
Steve Clarke signed for Chelsea for £442,000 in February 1987 from St. Mirren. He notched ten times in 421 games, helping them to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and Full Members Cup. In 2005 he was voted into Chelsea's centenary XI, occupying the right-back berth. After coaching under Ruud Gullit at Newcastle United, he returned to Stamford Bridge, becoming Assistant Manager under José Mourinho in 2004, leaving in the summer of 2008 after helping the Blues to claim two League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups. He was appointed as a first-team coach at Anfield by Kenny Dalglish in January 2011.
Yossi Benayoun signed from West Ham United for £5m in July 2007. He bagged 29 goals in 134 reds games, including hat-tricks against Beşiktaş JK, Havant & Waterlooville and Burnley. He was sold to Chelsea in July 2010 for a reported £5m, so far netting once in eleven outings as he has suffered with injury, and is spending this season on loan at Arsenal. Joe Cole joined Chelsea from West Ham United for £6.6m in August 2003, after thirteen strikes in 150 outings for the Irons. He bagged forty goals in 262 games in west London, helping them to claim three League titles, two FA Cups, League Cup and the FA Community Shield. He has so far notched just three times in 32 reds outings since joining on a free transfer in July 2010, and is spending this campaign on loan at Lille OSC Métropole.
Midfielder Raúl Meireles signed from his hometown club Porto for £11.5m in August 2010. He bagged five goals in 44 matches, with all these strikes coming in a six-game spell following Kenny Dalglish's return as Manager. He moved to Stamford Bridge for £12m after just a year at Anfield, and has netted five times in 42 outings to date. Glen Johnson joined Chelsea for £6m from West Ham United in July 2003 to become the first signing of the Roman Abramovich era. He netted four goals in 71 outings, but joined Portsmouth on loan in August 2006 before signing on permanently a year later. He joined the reds from Pompey for a whopping £17m in June 2009, and has so far notched six times in 96 reds outings, including the winner in our League meeting at Stamford Bridge last November.
Direct from the Bridge to L4
Midfielder Nigel Spackman was signed from Chelsea for £400,000 in February 1987, after 179 games and fourteen goals for the Blues, including being on the losing side nine months earlier as his soon-to-be boss King Kenny clinched the League title at Stamford Bridge. Among his finest appearances in a red shirt were his debut as a sub in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup Semi-final win over Southampton, and the 5-0 drubbing of Nottingham Forest in April 1988 as he helped us to clinch the title that season. He never scored for us in his 63 first-team games, although he did hit the post twice in our 1-0 defeat of Manchester United in September 1988. After moving on to Queens Park Rangers in February 1989, he later returned to Chelsea to play under Glenn Hoddle, making a further 88 appearances for the Blues.
Tony Hateley became our record transfer when he joined us from Chelsea in July 1967 for the then-princely sum of £96,000, having bagged six goals in 27 League games for the Blues after arriving from Notts County for £100,000 in October 1966. He got off to a flyer at Anfield, grabbing 27 goals in 52 appearances in his first season. Unfortunately, injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City only fifteen months after arriving at the club, and a total of 28 strikes in 56 outings. He was a fine header of the ball in his prime, as was his son, England international striker Mark.
Moving in the opposite direction
Outside-left Alf Hanson made 177 reds appearances before moving to Chelsea in July 1938 for £7,500. He had arrived at Anfield from Bootle in November 1931, and was also an England baseball international! His brother was Bolton Wanderers keeper Stan, and the two men were made captains for the day when the Trotters lost 2-1 at Anfield shortly before Alf's move down south.
A blue boss
Wing-half Bobby Campbell made only 25 reds appearances between 1959 and 1961, during our spell in the Second Division. He was later manager of Chelsea for three years, taking them to the Second Division title in 1989, and a fifth place finish in the top flight the following season.
A popular wool
Joey Jones was a fans' favourite in the 1970's, playing exactly a hundred first-team games, mostly at left-back. He was immortalised in a famous banner at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977, "Joey ate the frogs legs, made the Swiss roll, now he's munching Gladbach". After rejoining Wrexham in 1978, he later moved on to Chelsea, helping them to promotion back to the top division in 1984. He struck twice in 78 League games for the Blues.
A speedy reds career
David Speedie got off to a blistering start by scoring on his debut at Manchester United, and then grabbing a brace against Everton six days later. He came from Coventry City for £700,000 in January 1991, whom he had joined after a successful five years with Chelsea in the mid-1980's, scoring 64 times in 205 games for the West London outfit, whom he had also played for in our 1986 title-decider. He nabbed six goals in fourteen reds games in all before moving to Blackburn Rovers after just seven months at Anfield. Keeper Alec Chamberlain had loan spells at both clubs during the 1990's, without making the first team in either instance.
Other double agents
Nicolas Anelka moved to Stamford Bridge from Bolton Wanderers in January 2008 in a £15m deal, notching 59 times in 185 outings for the Blues, helping them to claim the League, two FA Cups and FA Community Shield before joining Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua last December. He struck five times in 22 reds games while on loan at Anfield from Paris St. Germain in the second half of the 2001/02 season.
Bolo Zenden joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £7.5m in August 2001, netting four times in 59 games before being loaned out to Middlesbrough, whom he later joined on a free transfer. He arrived at Anfield in July 2005 on another free and struck twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille.
Scottish inside-forward Willie Fagan and legendary red Billy Liddell both guested for the Blues during the Second World War. Fagan signed from Preston North End for £8,000 in October 1937, netting 57 goals in 182 reds games that helped fire us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later, before moving to Belfast Distillery in January 1952. Liddell joined the reds in July 1938 while still only sixteen, and left the club 23 years later, having struck 228 times in 534 games. Their only club honour was the League title in 1947, although they both also played in the FA Cup Final three years later.
Right-half Ted Savage made 105 reds appearances after signing from Lincoln City in May 1931, scoring his only two goals for us on his debut, as a forward, against Grimsby Town. He moved to Old Trafford in December 1937 and also guested for Chelsea during wartime. Matt Busby signed for the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936 and made 125 appearances, many as captain. Chelsea were one of several clubs he guested for during the war. Jamie Redknapp recently spent some time training Chelsea's reserves while working towards his coaching badges.