Top 7 Players to Have Represented Liverpool and West Ham

Matt Ladson@mattladsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2015

Top 7 Players to Have Represented Liverpool and West Ham

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    Liverpool host West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday, looking to continue their positive start to the 2015/16 season and make it 10 points from a possible 12 from their opening four fixtures.

    The Reds won the corresponding fixture 2-0 last season, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge—neither of whom will feature this time around, Sterling having joined Manchester City and Sturridge sidelined through injury.

    In recent years, plenty of players have departed Anfield for Upton Park.

    Joe Cole, unwanted on Merseyside, headed back to the side with whom he started his career, rejoining the Hammers in 2013.

    Andy Carroll had already joined the east London side on loan by that point, and his move was made permanent in summer 2013.

    Earlier that summer, West Ham signed Stewart Downing from Liverpool, one of a trio of unwanted and unloved players leaving the Reds for the Irons.

    When it was claimed in the Express that Glen Johnson was wanted back at Upton Park before he eventually joined Stoke City, Liverpool fans were starting to think West Ham saw Liverpool as Liverpool see Southampton.

    There have been plenty of players who have represented the two sides down the years. Here, in no particular order, we take a look at the top seven—do any of the aforementioned quartet make the cut?

Yossi Benayoun

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    Israeli winger Yossi Benayoun left West Ham for Liverpool in 2007 for £5 million.

    Having impressed in the FA Cup final against the Reds a year earlier, Benayoun was snapped up by Rafa Benitez and went on to become a firm favourite at Anfield.

    He scored plenty of important goals in the title pursuit of 2008/09, hitting the winner at Fulham in dramatic circumstances and twice dragging the Reds back into the game in the 4-4 thriller against Arsenal.

    That same season saw him head home the winning goal at the Bernabeu as Liverpool won 1-0 in the home of Real Madrid.

    He started the following season with hat-trick against Burnley and impressed again. As things unravelled at Anfield, he joined Chelsea the following summer.

Craig Bellamy

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    Craig Bellamy played for nine different British clubs during his career, having two spells at Liverpool and Cardiff City.

    Bellamy joined Rafael Benitez's Liverpool from Blackburn Rovers for £6 million in 2006, moving to the Hammers for £7.5 million just one year later.

    The Welsh forward spent one-and-a-half seasons at West Ham between 2007 and 2009 before enjoying spells with Manchester City and Cardiff City. In August 2011, he rejoined Liverpool.

    He made 79 appearances for the Reds in total, scoring 18 goals.

    His best performances for the club arrived in the League Cup-winning campaign of 2011/12. First, he put in an inspired display following the death of his friend Gary Speed away to Chelsea in the quarter-final. He then took the plaudits in the semi-final second leg at home to Man City.

Javier Mascherano

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    In 2007, Javier Mascherano went from playing reserve-team football for West Ham to key player for Liverpool in the Champions League final.

    Part of the infamous deal that took him and Carlos Tevez to Upton Park, then-Hammers manager Alan Pardew somehow didn't see the Argentinian's qualities, meaning Mascherano only made just five appearances for the club.

    Liverpool initially took him on loan before making the deal permanent a year later.

    Now a Barcelona stalwart, Mashcherano has captained his country, played in a World Cup final, won Barca's Player of the Year in 2014, the Champions League twice and a host of other domestic honours—yet he wasn't deemed good enough by Pardew!

Ray Houghton

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    Irish midfielder Ray Houghton was one of Liverpool's most underrated players, making over 200 appearances for the club in the '80s.

    Bizarrely, though, he made just one substitute appearance as a youngster for West Ham before moving on to Fulham and Oxford United before Anfield came calling.

    Scorer of one of the Republic of Ireland's most famous goals, against Italy at the World Cup in the U.S. in '94, Houghton certainly earned his place on this list.

Glen Johnson

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    Another who, like Mascherano and Houghton, made more appearances for Liverpool than West Ham.

    Glen Johnson started his career at Upton Park before being sold to Chelsea shortly after the club were relegated in 2003.

    He moved to Anfield from Portsmouth for £18 million in 2009, playing 200 times for the club and scoring nine times.

    His latter years at Liverpool were plagued by poor defensive performances, but being an England international and Reds regular for several years certainly puts Johnson among the top players to have played for both clubs.

David James

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    Goalkeeper David James was an Anfield regular during the '90s and later joined West Ham in 2001, spending three years with the Hammers.

    He made just over 100 appearances for the east London side but was another who left after their relegation, joining Man City in January 2004.

    James made almost 300 appearances for Liverpool. In February 2009, he achieved the all-time Premier League appearance record, making it to 536 appearances—a record that was beaten by Ryan Giggs two years later.

Titi Camara

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    Titi Camara is a cult hero among Liverpool supporters despite making just 37 appearances for the club.

    The Guinea forward scored some superb, and important goals, after arriving during Gerard Houllier's reign in 1999.

    He left Liverpool because of limited first-team action, declaring"If it was a question of money, I could have stayed at Liverpool and picked it up. I need to play, and if I don't, it is totally pointless." A refreshing attitude in the modern game.

    Unfortunately, he left West Ham having failed to score in his 14 appearances for the club.

    But Titi will always be best remembered for a moment that occurred between the two sides in October 1999. He scored a goal at the Anfield Road End and dropped to his knees with tears in his eyes, nobody inside Anfield at the time knew he was playing despite the death of his father the day before.

    Camara flopped at West Ham, but for this moment alone, he makes the cut in this list.

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