You voted a Finnish forward with the deftest of touches in at No.76 on our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown…
Date of birth: February 20, 1971 Place of birth: Lahti Nationality: Finnish Position: Forward Years at the club: 2001-02 Signed from: Barcelona Left for: Ajax Position in 2006 poll: 69
No Liverpool fan could fail to be excited when the Reds captured the signature of Jari Litmanen, a Champions League winner and consummate talent, on a free transfer from Barcelona in 2001.
The club had twice previously attempted to bring the Finnish forward to Anfield unsuccessfully but Gerard Houllier eventually got his man - then described Litmanen as 'one of the most exciting signings we have made'.
Jari possessed an almost perfect touch and supreme vision aligned with an extensive passing range; with a group of hungry strikers to create for, the addition of the attacker seemed like an ideal adjustment.
Litmanen made his debut as a substitute during the League Cup semi-final, first leg at Crystal Palace in January 2001, which the Reds lost. He was a catalyst in turning the tie around a fortnight later, however, as the Londoners were thrashed 5-0 at Anfield.
The Finn contributed in each of the three cup competitions during 2000-01 but picked up an unfortunate injury which forced him to watch from the sidelines as Houllier's side secured treble glory at the climax.
Litmanen arrived on Merseyside with a reputation for scoring brilliant individual goals and he did not disappoint; during the first few weeks of the 2001-02 campaign, he glided beyond a series of challenges and launched the ball into the far corner at home to Tottenham.
With Robbie Fowler, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen all battling for playing time alongside Litmanen, the former Ajax forward was regularly the victim of Houllier's rotation policy - a decision which often frustrated fans and Jari himself.
Nevertheless, he converted a crucial spot-kick in the emotional Champions League victory over Roma in March 2002; in the subsequent quarter-final, Litmanen rose from the bench to score once more but his efforts were in vain as the Reds crashed out.
Having featured in 43 matches during his 20 months with the club - and found the target nine times - Jari and the Reds parted company in August 2002 and the Finn returned to Dutch outfit Ajax.
Appearances: 43 Goals: 9 Honours with LFC: 1 FA Cup (2000-01), 1 League Cup (2000-01), 1 UEFA Cup (2000-01), Did you know? Litmanen has both the most caps and the highest number of goals for the Finland national team Where is he now? Currently a free agent