Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp

June certainly is a popular month for Liverpool players birthdays isn’t it. On this day 25th June 1973, our classy ex-midfielder, Jamie Redknapp was born. Just in case you didn’t know, Jamie is the son of Harry (or ‘Arry) Redknapp.

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp
Born On This Day 25th June 1973 – Happy Birthday to Jamie Redknapp

Jamie made a name for himself as a teenager while playing for AFC Bournemouth, who managed by his father. Kenny Dalglish saw the potential in Jamie and snapped him up for £350,000 at the age of 17. This made Redknapp one of the most expensive teenagers at the time.

It’s fair to say that Redknapp was the ultimate professional on the field as well as off. He signed for Liverpool after only 13 first-team matches for Bournemouth. Redknapp became the most expensive 17-year-old in football when Liverpool paid £350,000, with the fee later rising to £500,000 in January 1991.

Sadly Jamie never played under Kenny, even though he was on the bench against Wimbledon four days after his arrival. Only five weeks after Redknapp had arrived at Anfield, Dalglish resigned.

kenny’s successor, Graeme Souness had great faith in Redknapp’s ability and he became the youngest player to appear for the club in European competition when he played his first-ever game against Auxerre on 23 October 1991. Ironically he was wearing his idol’s shirt, Kenny’s number 7.

Souness certainly liked what he was seeing from young Jamie Redknapp.

As he said at the time, “This young man comes from a footballing background. His father was a very good first division player and he knows what’s expected of him. He has a very big future in front of him.”

First Team Regular

Redknapp got an extended run in the first team in February 1992. He very soon became a first team regular. He played 136 games over the next three seasons as Souness’ reign became more and more chaotic. When Roy Evans took over Redknapp continued to feature regularly.

Redknapp was without a doubt Liverpool’s star performer in 1994/95, Evans’ full first season. He made his full England debut against Colombia on 6 September 1995 when his shot inspired Rene Higuita’s legendary scorpion-kick save.

At the time Redknapp was in great form for Liverpool. He was particularly famous for scoring long-distance shots. Injuries however started to take their toll. He was chosen to play for England against Switzerland on 15 November. Seven minutes into the game, he picked up a hamstring injury. This put him on the sidelines for four months. However he was selected for Euro 96, but again an injury while playing for England held him back. Redknapp got injured again playing against Scotland.

In And Out The Team

Liverpool had to cope without Jamie Redknapp for the first half of the 1996/97 season as he was in and out of the team. His England injury jinx struck again however. This time in a friendly international game against South Africa in May 1997. This time he was out for five months.

Redknapp eventually regained his old form and he was looking forward to the 1998 World Cup. He got injured against Coventry only two months prior to the start of the World Cup. Sadly this not only the end of his domestic season but also his World Cup aspirations.

In 1998/99 Gérard Houllier came in, initially at Roy Evans’ side, and Redknapp’s career was soon flying high again.

Captain

Under Houllier, Redknapp was in his best form for three years. He played 39 matches and scored ten goals. He was certainly flying under Houllier. So, it came as no surprise that Houllier made Redknapp captain in the summer of 1999.

Another lengthy spell on the sidelines came however in November 1999. Redknapp got injured against Sunderland and spent the next four months on the treatment table. Once he forced his way back into the first team picture he played for the reserves against Sheffield Wednesday to sharpen up his match fitness. No surprises for guessing however that he again got injured. On this occasion he was out for a month.

Teams Beginning With An “S”

There was a pattern emerging. Redknapp had picked up injuries against Switzerland, Scotland, South Africa, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday. The S-curse had struck again.

Redknapp didn’t play a single match in 2000/01 as a result of a series of injuries. These injuries had certainly taken their toll.

When Redknapp eventually returned in 2001/02, he lasted only eight games before yet again he was injured.

Liverpool Days Over

Redknapp’s days as a Red were soon to be over. He joined his old schoolboys team Tottenham in April 2002 having made his last appearance for Liverpool at the end of October 2001. Redknapp also took over the captaincy at Tottenham playing a half a century of games in two and a half years. He went on a free transfer to Southampton in January 2005. But this stint only lasted five months under the guidance of his father.

Injuries finally took their toll in the summer of 2005 as Redknapp was forced to retire.

There is no doubt Jamie Redknapp was a great servant for Liverpool. A fine ambassador on and off the pitch.

In all Jamie Redknapp played 308 times for Liverpool, scoring 41 goals.

Have a look at some of Jamie Redknapp’s goals here…..

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