In advance of our final pre-season friendly on Saturday, YNWA looks at the careers of those who have represented both Los Che and the mighty reds.
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Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio arrived on a Bosman free transfer from Valencia in July 2006, and has so far played 131 times, netting four times and helping us to claim the FA Community Shield in his very first senior appearance. However, he continues to suffer with injuries after re-signing for the club in July 2010 after being released at the end of the previous season.
He had joined Valencia from São Paulo after appearing at the Olympics in Sydney. He helped them to claim their first League title for 31 years in 2002. However, a broken leg ruled him out of all bar two games in the 2003/4 season when they won a League and UEFA Cup double. In total, he netted thirteen times in 113 games.
Rafael Benítez took charge at the Mestalla in 2001 having led Tenerife to promotion the previous season. He led them to the La Liga title in his first campaign, and then a League and UEFA Cup double two years later. He resigned in June 2004 after falling out with the club's Director of Football over transfer policy, moving to Anfield later that month. He took charge of the reds on 350 occasions, winning 194 times and leading us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield as well as three other finals. He left the club "by mutual consent" in June 2010.
Pako Ayestarán was Rafa's Assistant at Tenerife, following him to Valencia and Liverpool until they fell out in October 2007. He joined SL Benfica as Fitness Coach for the following campaign, returning to the Mestalla in the summer of 2009, although he only stayed for one season.
Also playing for both sides
Mauricio Pellegrino arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League twice and the UEFA Cup with Valencia, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals, missing the decisive spot-kick as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Bayern München in 2001. He bagged five goals in 140 outings for Valencia but rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, and moved on to Deportivo Alavés after just five months in L4. He returned to Anfield in a coaching capacity in June 2008, before following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale in the summer of 2010.
Midfielder Momo Sissoko signed from Valencia for £5.6m in July 2005 and helped us to claim the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, playing 87 times and scoring just once. He had previously been signed by Rafael Benítez while he was in Spain, from Auxerre in 2003, and was sold to Juventus for £8.2m in January 2008. He scored once in 63 outings for Valencia, helping them to claim the League and UEFA Cup.
Fernando Morientes struck twelve times in 61 reds appearances following his £6.3m arrival from Real Madrid in January 2005, but moved on to Valencia in July 2006 for a reported £3m after failing to fully convince in a reds shirt. He had helped us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. He grabbed 33 goals in 97 outings while at the Mestalla, before joining Olympique de Marseille for free in July 2009.
Eduardo Maciá spent two decades at Valencia in a number of roles including player, technical advisor, Sporting Director and as the personal assistant to the club's current president, Juan Soler. He also worked with the younger players when Benítez was in charge. He was appointed as the reds' Chief Scout in June 2006, remaining in this role until December 2010. He is now Technical Director for Olympiacos in Greece.
José Ochotorena played 105 League games for Valencia after signing from Real Madrid in 1988, winning the Trofeo Ricardo Zamora for the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio in his first campaign. He left the Mestalla to join Tenerife in 1992. He was goalkeeping coach under Bentez at both Valencia and Liverpool, returning to the same role with the Spanish side in July 2007. Paco de Miguel joined the reds as Fitness Coach in 2007, having held the same position at Valencia for two years. He followed Benítez to Internazionale.