OTD - 6 July

22 May 2018
1992: James joins Liverpool

Liverpool completed the signing of 21-year-old goalkeeper David James from Watford.

The youngster endured a trying start to the season conceding 20 goals in his first 11 matches for the club and was dropped.

However, he soon became a mainstay in the side and enjoyed seven seasons at Anfield before joining Aston Villa in 1999/00.

James would go on to play for West Ham United, Manchester City and Portsmouth and accumulate a total of 572 Premier League appearances, the fourth-most in the history of the competition at the time of writing.

He held the record for the most clean sheets in the competition (169) before being overtaken by Petr Cech and still boasts the most penalty saves in the Premier League with 13.

David James, Liverpool
David James signed for Liverpool from Watford as a 21-year-old and went on to make 572 PL appearances in total
2012: Lowton lands at Aston Villa

Matthew Lowton joined Aston Villa from Sheffield United, and played in all but one Premier League match in his first season at Villa Park.

He enjoyed a successful first PL campaign at right-back, scoring two goals, one of them a goal of the season contender against Stoke City.

He went on to make 72 PL appearances for Villa, before moving to Burnley in 2016/17 and helping the Clarets achieve European qualification for the first time as they finished seventh in the Premier League in 2017/18.

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