Liverpool FC (1990-99)
Real Madrid CF (1999-2003)
Manchester City FC (2003-05)
England (1994-2001) – 37 Caps/3 Goals
UEFA Champions League: (2000, 2002)
UEFA Super Cup: (2002)
Spanish League: (2001, 2003)
English Cup: (1992)
UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match: (2000)
Like many a famous name at Liverpool, he was brought up on Merseyside as a fan of local rivals Everton FC, but Anfield proved a productive breeding ground for the wiry young winger’s idiosyncratic talents and he made his first-team debut in December 1990 before starring, aged 20, in the club’s 1992 FA Cup final triumph over Sunderland AFC.
Scored both goals in the 1995 League Cup final – a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers FC – and was named man of the match, winning the prestigious Alan Hardaker trophy; that proved his only other trophy during a relatively barren decade for Liverpool, though he was widely recognised as one of the finest wingers in the Premier League, earning selection in the PFA’s team of the year four seasons running.
First capped by England at senior level in November 1994 by manager Terry Venables, he went on to shine at UEFA EURO 1996 as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals, but his form at international level remained enigmatic, as evidenced at UEFA EURO 2000, where he scored in England’s opening match, against Portugal, but was substituted and did not reappear in the tournament.
Left Liverpool for Real Madrid CF in 1999 on a free transfer, becoming only the second Englishman to play for the club, and at the end of his first season scored a brilliant goal to cap a fine display in a 3-0 victory over Valencia CF in the UEFA Champions League final; he was a substitute when Madrid regained the trophy two years later, and he also collected two Liga titles during his four seasons in the Spanish capital.
Returned to England to see out his career with Manchester City FC before hanging up his boots and launching a new career in the media as a talkative TV analyst; he was also appointed as ambassador for the 2013 UEFA Champions League final at Wembley. He is now a TV pundit and commentator for BT Sport.