6 stars who have played for Liverpool and Arsenal from Kolo Toure to Nicolas Anelka

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Liverpool host Arsenal this weekend in what remains one of the most exciting Premier League fixtures of all-time, but not many stars have played for both clubs, although there have been some exceptions.

The Premier League gets back underway on Saturday and fans are instantly treated to the fixture that has shared more goals than any other match-up as Liverpool host Arsenal.

The latest instalment in their long history proves to be fascinating, as Liverpool were defeated for the first time before the international break, whereas Arsenal have remained unbeaten since August.

Liverpool have also been rocked with injuries over the international break, and could be without many first-team stars, and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could be set to start against his former employers.

Not many stars have put on the shirt of both Arsenal and Liverpool, but there is a rather elite list of talent that have played for both Premier League powerhouses.

Here Express Sport takes a look at six stars who have played for Liverpool and Arsenal…

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Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant was snapped up at the age of 15 by Arsenal for £2million in 1999 from Notts County, and it was a record fee for a trainee at the time.

Pennant became Arsenal’s youngest ever debutant before Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere surpassed him, but he became frustrated by a lack of playing time at Highbury.

Following four loan spells and a permanent move to Birmingham City, Liverpool took a punt on the star and spent £6.7m to bring him to Anfield, which looked to be a good deal as he scored a screamer in a 2-0 win against Chelsea.

Pennant’s form fluctuated and his inability to remain consistent cost him, and the star retired in 2017 after spending a season at Billericay Town.

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Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure had a fabulous playing career, but was signed by Arsenal for just £150,000 in 2002 after a short-term trial,one of Arsene Wenger’s greatest deals.

Toure made 225 Premier League appearances for Arsenal over seven years and was part of their invincible’s squad during the 2003/04 season, before moving on to Manchester City in 2009, where he was joined by brother Yaya shortly after.

The defender was used primarily as a squad player, but helped City win their first ever Premier League title before moving to Liverpool on a free transfer in 2013.

Brendan Rodgers was manager at the time and instantly took a liking to Toure, and now the pair continue to work together at Leicester after the Northern Irishman added him to his coaching staff during his Celtic days.

Nicolas Anelka

Another Wenger masterclass led to the signing of 17-year-old Nicolas Anelka for just £500,000 from Paris Saint Germain, and an injury to Ian Wright gave the Frenchman the opportunity to impress.

Anelka became a key player in Arsenal’s Premier League and FA Cup winning season in 1998, and the following season saw him net 17 Premier League goals.

Real Madrid came calling and with that marked the end of Anelka’s Arsenal days, but the Frenchman returned to PSG after just one season with Los Blancos and was then loaned to Liverpool.

Gerard Houllier opted not to make the loan signing of Anelka permanent, and instead bought El-Hadji Diouf, perhaps a slight error of misjudgement.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still actively playing for Liverpool after leaving Arsenal in 2017, and the move has paid off for the midfielder who has now won the Premier League and Champions League since departing the Emirates.

Arsenal signed Oxlade-Chamberlain for £12m after a breakthrough year with then League One side Southampton and looked to be a real prospect, although he never really stepped up to the level that was expected.

Jurgen Klopp signed the midfielder in 2017 for £35m and Oxlade-Chamberlain relished the challenge, playing the engine role in Liverpool’s midfield, but injury has impacted his progression.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been focusing on a comeback year, and could hurt his former side this Saturday if selected by Klopp.

Yossi Benayoun

Yossi Benayoun is a differential to this list, as it’s more common for stars to feature for Arsenal and then Liverpool, but Benayoun was a star at Anfield before making his was to north London.

After a successful two-year spell at West Ham, Liverpool signed the Israeli midfielder for £5m, despite telling West Ham bosses that he would sign a new four-year deal at the club.

Benayoun made 92 league appearances in three seasons for Liverpool before moving to Chelsea in 2010, where he was loaned to Arsenal during the 2011/12 campaign.

Another loan to West Ham followed, but Benayoun’s career in England was over and he spent five years back in Israel before retiring in 2019.

Alex Manninger

Alex Manninger was signed by Arsenal in 1997 as a back-up to David Seaman, and an injury to Arsene Wenger’s no.1 gave him a chance earlier than expected.

Manninger kept six consecutive league clean sheets which remains a joint club record, and was named the Premier League player of the month for his performances.

The goalkeeper left Arsenal in 2002 and continued to move around Europe as a no.2, but made an incredible move to Liverpool in 2016, as a 39-year-old against all the odds.

Manninger never played a game for the club, but was around the squad for one season before retiring in 2017, but it’s always best to go out on a high.

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