The 'Played for Leeds United and Liverpool' XI

James Milner celebrates scoring for Leeds

Ahead of their EFL Cup Quarter-final, we select an XI who played for both Leeds United and Liverpool.

As Liverpool prepare to welcome Leeds United to Anfield we look at a line-up consisting of top players who have represented both clubs in recent times.

Robbie Fowler coming up against Leeds during his first spell at Liverpool


Scott Carson made his Leeds United debut aged just 18 and went on to make three Premier League appearances for the Elland Road side before being sold to Liverpool in the January transfer window of 2005.

Carson’s Anfield career only lasted a total of four Premier League games, before three seasons of loan spells were followed by a permanent move to West Bromwich Albion in 2008. Carson is the current Derby County Number 1.

Scott Carson  - Liverpool


Lee Peltier played a total of 75 games for Leeds from 2012 to 2014. The defender, who is currently in his third season as a Cardiff City player, began his career at Liverpool having graduated from their academy. The Liverpudlian did not manage a Premier League appearance at Liverpool but he did play in a Champions League tie against Galatasaray in addition to three League Cup games for the Reds.

Chelsea's Marko Marin (L) in action with Leeds United's Lee Peltier

Dominic Matteo is another who began his football life in Liverpool’s academy. Matteo made 155 appearances for Liverpool between 1992 and 2000, before joining David O’Leary’s Leeds - despite failing his medical. Matteo went on to play 146 times for Leeds and was named club captain in 2002.

Alan Smith celebrates Dominic Matteo's goal against AC Milan

James Milner lines up in defence for this combined XI - a position that he is fulfilling well for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this season. Milner began his career at Elland Road in 2002, as a 16-year-old striker. While at Leeds, Milner became the Premier League’s youngest goal-scorer. 

James Milner celebrates scoring for Leeds

Milner was sold to Newcastle United in 2004 following Leeds’ financial demise and consequent relegation from the Premier League. After spells at Aston Villa and Manchester City, Milner signed for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in 2015.

Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring their second goal


Jermaine Pennant was an outstanding young prospect who seemed destined for greatness under Arsene Wenger’s tutelage at Arsenal. However, the winger never reached his potential throughout a career that included time at Birmingham City, Stoke City and the 2003/04 season at Leeds. 

Jermaine Pennant at Leeds United

A spell at Liverpool from 2006 to 2009 followed, which was arguably Pennant’s most productive time as a professional, as under Rafael Benitez Pennant made 81 appearances for the Anfield club. Pennant is currently playing in Singapore with Tampines Rovers.

Liverpool's Jermaine Pennant in action against AC Milan's Massimo Ambrosini

Gary McAllister will always be fondly remembered by both Leeds United and Liverpool supporters. Perhaps most synonymous with the Peacocks, McAllister was a star performer as Leeds won the league title in 1992 alongside other Elland Road legends such as Gary Speed, David Batty and Gordon Strachan.

Gary McAllister - Leeds United in action against Steve Nicol - Liverpool

Ten years later, aged 35, McAllister also played a hugely influential role in Liverpool’s successful 2001/02 campaign - helping guide Gerard Houllier’s men to a FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble. 

Nick Barmby - Leeds

Nick Barmby was a teammate of McAllister's during that 2001/02 treble winning season. The  23-capped England international played a total of 57 times for Liverpool from 2000 before joining Leeds in 2002. Barmby scored five goals in 31 games during his injury plagued spell at Elland Road.

conference at Anfield in Liverpool, July 10, 2003. Kewell has joined

Harry Kewell was one of the most gifted players to play in the Premier League for Leeds United. However, the Australian was often criticised for his injury record and application throughout a career that started in the Leeds youth team in 1995. Kewell made his first team debut as a 17-year-old in March 1996 and went on to play almost 200 times for the Yorkshire club.

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Kewell left Leeds in acrimonious circumstances and ultimately signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2003.

Kewell's time at Anfield was varied - with success coming in the form of FA Cup and Champions League wins, but the continued failure of Liverpool's attempts to win the Premier League was hampered by Kewell's recurring injury dilemmas throughout his time in front of the Kop.


Robbie Keane joins Leeds
Robbie Keane initially joined Leeds on loan after a big move to Italian giants Inter Milan as a 20-year-old resulted in just a handful of Serie A games. After nine goals in 18 loan games, a permanent move to Elland Road materialised in 2001. Keane played a total of 56 times for Leeds before a hugely successful spell at Tottenham Hotspur. 

In the summer of 2008 Liverpool paid Spurs close to £20 million for the Irish forward - but just 28 games and seven goals later, Keane returned to White Hart Lane in the January transfer window.

Liverpool's Ian Rush celebrates after scoring the third goal - 1986 FA Cup final

Ian Rush is Liverpool's all time leading goal-scorer, having found the back of the net 346 times during his 15 seasons at Anfield. The Welsh international forward is one of the club's true legends and was worshipped by the Kop until his last Liverpool game in 1996. A move to Leeds followed for the 1996/97 season, but the then 35-year-old only managed three goals before leaving Elland Road.

Robbie Fowler after rejoining Liverpool

Robbie Fowler's goal scoring exploits for Liverpool was outstanding; he scored 80 goals in 135 games before his first international cap. At just 21-years of age, Fowler scored 36 goals in the 1995/96 season - a feat that hasn't been replicated by Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Michael Owen, or any Liverpool forward since.

Robbie Fowler during his time with Leeds

In 2001 Fowler joined O'Leary's Leeds project in a shock £12 million move away from Anfield. Fowler's time at Elland Road was less prolific but the forward still managed 14 goals in 33 games for Leeds before transferring to Manchester City in January 2003.

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