YNWA takes a look back at our pre-season encounters with German opposition over the past twenty years as we prepare to meet SV Werder Bremen for the first time in a pre-season encounter in Switzerland on Tuesday.
We lost 3-2 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Liechtenstein last July. Jermaine Pennant played his first reds game, while Robbie Fowler came on as a substitute for the injured Luis García, who had previously replaced him! Pepe Reina played some of the game in midfield. Our goals were scored by García and Craig Bellamy. Six days later, we were thumped 5-0 at 1. FSV Mainz 05.
Robbie Fowler grabbed all three goals as we beat Hertha BSC Berlin 3-0 in August 1994. In July 1999, he struck another hat-trick as we thumped a German XI 8-0 in St. Gallen, at the end of our Swiss training camp. Titi Camara scored in his first appearance for the reds, while Sander Westerveld also made his Liverpool bow. Patrik Berger added a brace, with Vegard Heggem and Danny Murphy also on the scoresheet.
Reds off the mark
In July 1987, we fell 3-0 behind before finally losing 3-2 at Bayern München in a testimonial match for Dieter Hoeneß, with John Barnes scoring in his first appearance in a red shirt late on. Peter Beardsley also made his reds bow, while John Aldridge netted our other goal. We also lost 2-0 to the same opposition seven years later.
Seven years ago, both Markus Babbel and Nick Barmby made their first reds appearances in a 4-1 win at SC Freiburg, with Barmby opening the scoring. Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Steve Staunton also got on the scoresheet. We made a total of thirteen substitutions in the game, our second of that pre-season.
Momo makes his bow
Momo Sissoko had his first reds outing in July 2005 as we beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-0 in Lustenau, Austria. Djibril Cissé bagged a brace, with Milan Baroš also on target. Four years earlier, we beat them 3-2 in the same venue, thanks to a late deflected Jamie Redknapp free-kick, with strike pairing Michael Owen and Emile Heskey also netting. This was new signing John Arne Riise's first outing for the reds. We had encountered them for the first time in July 1991, as we held them to a goalless draw in the BayArena.
Harry Kewell made his first reds appearance in July 2003, as we won 3-1 at 1. FC Köln. Michael Owen nabbed a brace, with Emile Heskey also on target. The game was played to commemorate their redeveloped RheinEnergie Stadion.
David James featured in his first reds game in July 1992, as Borussia Dortmund beat us 3-2 in the Tournoi de Paris third place play-off, at the Parc des Princes. Mark Wright and Don Hutchison netted our goals. We helped the same club to celebrate their 75th anniversary in August 1984, although an Ian Rush strike condemned them to a 1-0 friendly defeat at the Westfalenstadion.
Other recent encounters
In July 1994, we helped the German town of Fulda celebrate its 1250th anniversary, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 in the Firestone International Challenge Cup thanks to a Neil Ruddock goal. Wolfsburg held us to a 1-1 draw in Austria eight years later with new signing El-Hadji Diouf scoring for the second successive match, on consecutive days.
Robbie Fowler bagged our consolation from the spot as we lost 3-1 at Hamburger SV in August 1994.