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Tuesday 09 July 2013

On this day in 2003: Kewell moves to Anfield

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Leeds forward joining Liverpool

  • Gerard Houllier was proud to present Hary Kewell as a Liverpool player

  • Kewell was signed, along with Pongolle, Le Tallec and Finnan

  • In five seasons at Anfield, Kewell scored 12 times in 93 League appearances

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

On this day 9 July 2003 - Harry Kewell leaves Leeds for Liverpool

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"
Gerard Houllier

"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.

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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 the day in 2003 when Harry Kewell joined Liverpool from Leeds