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Thursday 19 December 2013

On this day in 1997: Friedel cleared to join Liverpool

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Liverpool made a move for Brad Friedel

  • Liverpool were given the all-clear to sign Brad Friedel from MLS side Columbus Crew

  • The American shot stopper made 25 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Reds

  • He then went on to amass 375 league appearances for Blackburn and Aston Villa

  • In 2011, he joined Spurs and helped them finish fourth in his first league season there

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

19 December 1997 - Brad Friedel cleared for Liverpool move

American goalkeeper Brad Friedel's move to Liverpool was confirmed after the Barclays Premier League club won their appeal to have his work permit granted.

The 26-year-old United States international moved to Anfield after a year and a half with Columbus Crew, during which time he was named Major League Soccer's goalkeeper of the year. He had joined Crew from Galatasaray where, under the management of former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness, he had helped them win the Turkish Cup.

Friedel spent nearly three years at Anfield but failed to establish himself as first choice and in 2000 rejoined Souness at Blackburn Rovers. He played more than 300 games for the Ewood Park club in nearly eight years before moving on to Aston Villa in 2008 and then Tottenham Hotspur in 2011.

Now 42, Friedel is still plying his trade for Spurs and has amassed 450 Barclays Premier League appearances in 16 successful years in England.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Liverpool's move for goalkeeper Brad Friedel from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew was confirmed