Nick Barmby made the short trip across Stanley Park to sign for Liverpool from Everton - and in doing so became the first player since Dave Hickson to make the move directly from the Blues to the Reds since 1959.
He started his career with Tottenham, playing three seasons there winning England recognition. He joined Middlesbrough at the start of the 1995-96 season for £6.25 million pounds. Only 14 months later he was on the move again this time to Everton. He was instrumental at the beginning of Hoddle's reign as England manager but injuries and loss of form resulted in him not appearing for England for three years but later made a return in the year 2000. Barmby's career was on the rise and the biggest decision of his football life beckoned.
Barmby made a courageous decision to move across Stanley Park, the first player since David Hickson in 1959 to be transferred from Everton to Liverpool. He made a powerful start to his career and seemed quite an useful addition on the left and right side of midfield. His magnificent goal against Everton at Anfield made him an instant hero and he also scored in three consecutive European away games en route to the UEFA Cup success.
The following season Houllier accepted Sunderland's bid for him in October 2001. Barmby persevered, denying Sunderland but the writing was on the wall and Leeds was his next destination in his much-travelled career. He only stayed two years at Leeds, including a month's loan spell at Nottingham Forest and went on a free to hometown club, Hull City, on July 8, 2004. That proved to be a wise move as he has since been a key player in Hull's rise from League One to the Premier League in four years.
Other Clubs: Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds, Nottm For (loan), Hull City