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Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Nicolas Anelka (Striker, loan 2001-2002)
Date of Birth: 14-3-1979
Birthplace: Paris
Debut : v Aston Villa, December 26th 2001 v Aston Villa. Won 2-1
1st team games: 21
1st team goals: 5
Other clubs: Paris St Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain.
International caps while with Liverpool: 1
International goals while with Liverpool:
Honours with Liverpool: None

Liverpool Football Club astounded everyone when they announced the loan signing of Nicolas Anelka in December 2001.

A product of the France's National Youth Academy, where he first worked under Gerard Houllier, Anelka began professional career began at his hometown club Paris St Germain in 1995.

He made his debut for the Parisian giants when only 16 but lack of first team opportunities resulted in him leaving for Arsenal two years later.

At Highbury his goals earned him the PFA Young Player of the Year award and helped fire the Gunners to a League and FA Cup double in 1998.

He left Arsenal in controversial circumstances the following year to sign for Real Madrid but despite winning a Champions League medal his time at the Bernabau was also shrouded in controversy.

In July 2000 he rejoined Paris St Germain but has since struggled to rediscover the goalscoring form that earned him the reputation as one of Europe's top strikers.

With Liverpool short of firepower following the sale of Robbie Fowler, the Reds swooped to take Anelka on loan for the rest of the season, with the option of making the deal permanent during the summer.

Taking over the number nine jersey from Robbie Fowler he made his debut as a second half substitute in the Boxing Day win at Aston Villa and then a full debut in the 1-1 draw with West Ham United at Upton Park.

Highlights of his Liverpool career included an equalising goal in the Anfield Merseyside derby with Everton and a brilliant display in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

He signed off with a final day goal in the 5-0 Anfield win over Ipswich Town, which was to be his final appearance in a red shirt.

Gerard Houllier then decided against making Anelka's signing a permanent one.

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