The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is one of England’s most historic and significant. Both clubs have a rich history built on success, with a sustained period of dominance from both clubs in the latter half of the 20th century enough to stake their name in the history books of English football.
Over the last few years, both clubs have struggled to regain their foothold at the top of the Premier League, with managerial and personnel departures stunting the performances of each club respectively, but that hasn’t stopped the modern era from producing some classic games.
Take the game at Old Trafford in 2009 between the pair of clubs, for example, which just happens to be eight years ago to the very day. Domestically, Liverpool were struggling to force their way to the top of the Premier League, whilst Man United were in their heydey under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Such is the unpredictable nature of games between the two clubs, though, it was Liverpool that stormed to a victory on that day – with the Reds coming out 4-1 winners.
Indeed, the game remains a fond memory for many Liverpool fans – even if a few of their heroes have vanished from the public eye in recent years. Whilst several key names like that of Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher remain regulars on our screens, a few of Liverpool’s players – and even goalscorers – have had a comparably quiet period since.
So just what are a few of the Liverpool heroes up today?
Dirk Kurt was always somewhat of an unsung hero in the Liverpool midfield. A hard worker and a regular goalscorer, the Dutchman wasn’t a particularly flamboyant or eccentric player, but he always performed well and worked hard for his team.
That is probably why, eight years later, at the ripe old age of 36, Kuyt is still impressing for current club Feyenoord in his native Netherlands.
He has enjoyed a good season with the Dutch outfit so far, having registered eight goals and four assists.
Fabio Aurelio secured the three points for Liverpool on the day with a goal to take the Reds 3-1 up against Manchester United.
He enjoyed a decent tenure with the side thereafter, remaining with the club until 2012 – making a total of 87 Premier League appearances in that time.
Following his departure, he moved to Gremio in his native Brazil, before injuries led to his retirement from football.
He has now moved away from appearing regularly within the game of football, now spending the majority of his time in Brazil.
Albert Riera has had a nomadic career since departing Liverpool, playing for the likes of Galatasaray, Mallorca and Watford.
Despite coming from Spain, Riera is currently residing in Siberia, as he awaits news of a potential move to side Tom Tomsk.
Indeed, in an interview with the Independent recently, Riera revealed that he is just looking to play football – and it appears as though the prospect of money doesn’t interest him. Instead, he is looking to see out his playing days simply doing what he does best.
Andrea Dossena scored the final goal on the day, and whilst his career at Anfield was relatively short – just two years – he has since been all over the place.
Playing for the likes of Palermo, Napoli, Sunderland and Leyton Orient – Dossena even tried his hand at football in Switzerland.
He is currently turning out for Piacenza in Italy, where he is looking to earn an extension on his deal that will last until the end of the season.