Tuesday 09 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Leeds United announced that Harry Kewell had agreed a deal to join Liverpool for a fee of £5m.
The 24-year-old Australia forward had only a year remaining on his deal at Elland Road and had been linked with a number of clubs so Gerard Houllier, the Liverpool manager, was very happy to have beaten them to Kewell.
"I am delighted we have finally completed a deal which can only excite our supporters all over the world"
"This is a fantastic signing for the club and its fans," Houllier told Liverpool's website. "After the intense media interest in the player I am delighted we have finally completed a deal which can only excite our supporters all over the world.
"We had spoken about bringing in players who would have the fans on the edge of their seats and I can't think of a better description for the qualities that Harry will bring to Anfield. When you consider the calibre of rival clubs from all over Europe competing for his signature, it's a huge boost for us ahead of the new campaign and an indication of Harry's belief in what we want to achieve here.”
Kewell was presented to the media at Anfield with fellow new arrivals Steve Finnan, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent-Sinama Pongolle and was handed the No 7 shirt made famous by Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish.
Hampered by injury, Kewell was unable to earn the heroic status of those two players at Liverpool. After playing in all but one of the 2003/04 season at Anfield, with a return of seven goals, he was part of the team that fought back to secure the 2005 UEFA Champions League in Istanbul.
He spent five seasons on Merseyside, playing 93 Barclays Premier League matches and scoring 12 goals, before leaving in June 2008.