Friday, May 11, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 40: Jamie Redknapp


At number 40 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is popular former Reds midfielder and captain Jamie Redknapp.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Jamie Redknapp

Years at Liverpool: 1991 to 2002
Position: Midfield

Date-of-birth: 25/6/1973
Birthplace: Barton-on-Sea

Signed from:
Games: 308
Goals: 41

Honours: League Cup (1995)

Despite his Liverpool career being hampered by injury problems Jamie Redknapp will be remembered as one of the most popular players to ever serve the club. Kenny Dalglish's last major signing as manager in January 1991, Redknapp began his career under the watchful eye of father Harry at AFC Bournemouth. He was only 17 when he arrived at Anfield and the £350,000 fee was one of the highest paid for a teenager at the time. Nine months later he became the youngest Liverpool player to appear in European competition when he made his Reds debut against Auxerre in the UEFA Cup. Redknapp went on to establish himself as a regular in the centre of midfield during the managerial reign of Graeme Souness and, after winning a Coca-Cola Cup winners medal in 1995, won his first England cap. After playing a brief part in Euro 96, injury unfortunately ruled him out of both the World Cup in France 98 and Euro 2000. At the start of the 1999/2000 season he was named Liverpool captain but a knee injury forced him to sit out the majority of the campaign and in a bid to cure his long standing injury troubles he underwent knee surgery in America. Unfairly labeled as one of the prime instigators of the much-rued 'Spice Boy' image, Redknapp was a stylish midfielder, who could distribute the ball with pinpoint accuracy. He was also deadly from set-pieces and netted his fair share of spectacular goals in a red shirt. Unfortunately, he missed out on the memorable climax to the 2000/2001 treble-winning season but, as club captain, went up to receive the FA Cup with Robbie Fowler at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He made his comeback from injury during the pre-season tour before the 2001/2002 season and received an amazing reception during the Far East tour of Singapore and Thailand. Tragically, just when it looked like he was back, injury struck again and although he fought back once more the end of his Liverpool career was in sight. In October 2001 he played and scored in a 2-0 win at Charlton Athletic. It was to be his last game for the club. Speculation regarding his future became rife and it was no surprise when he finally severed ties with the Reds on 16 April 2002, joining Tottenham Hotspur on a Bosman free transfer. His leaving of Liverpool was mourned by team-mates and fans alike and it was with the best wishes of everyone at the club that he left for White Hart Lane. One of the classiest midfielders of his generation, injuries may have prevented Jamie Redknapp from becoming an all-time Liverpool great but, those setbacks aside, he'll always be fondly remembered at Anfield as a truly talented player and one of the most genuine footballers you could ever meet.

Sold to: Tottenham Hotspur (April 2002)

Claim to fame: Lifting the FA Cup in 2001 despite playing no part in the game through injury

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