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Mane, Coutinho… the 5 best players to have played for both Liverpool and Bayern Munich

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are two of the most successful and decorated clubs in European football. Both teams have had many successes, both domestically and at European level, and continue to be powerhouses in football.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich have hosted some of the greatest players in football history. While Liverpool have had low periods in the 21st century, Bayern Munich have more or less maintained their status among the elite throughout history.

Both teams are full of talented players today. This is one of the reasons why a number of players have moved from club to club.

Sadio Mané is the latest to join this distinguished list, having left Liverpool for Bayern Munich.

Mane was one of the most important players of the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool. The Senegal international has scored 120 goals and provided 48 assists in 269 appearances in all competitions for the Merseysiders.

He left Liverpool having won a Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the best players who have played for both Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

#5 Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is likely to go down in FC Barcelona history as his biggest transfer flop of all time. The Catalans signed him in January 2018 from Liverpool for €135m. Coutinho got off to a good start there, but it quickly became apparent that he was no match for FC Barcelona.

He was loaned out to Bayern Munich in the 2019-20 season, where he was influential in helping the Bavarians win the continental treble. In 38 appearances in all competitions this season, Coutinho has scored 11 goals and provided nine assists.

Before joining FC Barcelona, ​​Coutinho established himself as one of the best Premier League midfielders at Liverpool. The Brazilian was tearing it all up in the English league and was widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative attacking midfielders in the business.

It’s unfortunate that his dream move to Barcelona turned out to be disastrous. But Coutinho is now back in the Premier League with Aston Villa and has shown some promising signs during his loan spell with them in the second half of the 2021-22 campaign.

#4 Dietmar Hamann

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

German midfielder Dietmar Hamann, also known as ‘Didi’ Hamann, is one of the most played players for Bayern Munich and Liverpool. It took him a while to land his first professional contract as he was not a regular starter in the first team at the start of his Bayern Munich career.

He won two Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Cup before joining Newcastle United in 1998. Hamann spent a season at Tyneside before joining Liverpool, where he became a fan favorite thanks to the serenity of his he was a defensive midfielder.

Although the player suffered a broken toe, Hamann’s second-half came on was crucial to Liverpool’s historic win over AC Milan in the 2003-04 Champions League final. He won a Champions League, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups with the Merseysiders.

#3 Markus Babbel

Markus Babbel (right) of Liverpool holds off Mark Viduka (left) of Leeds United

Markus Babbel was one of the unfortunate Bayern Munich defenders who saw his European dream shattered in added time in the 1998-99 Champions League final. Babbel had an illustrious time at Bayern Munich, but this Champions League final loss to Manchester United may mark him forever.

The former German international joined Bayern Munich in 1994 and won three Bundesliga titles, two DFB Pokals and a UEFA Cup with the club. The centre-back then joined Liverpool in the summer of 2000 and had an impressive run in his first season in England.

He won the FA Cup and League Cup with Liverpool in the 2000-01 season. A muscle weakness issue called Guillain-Barre forced Babbel away from playing, but he returned a year later and joined Blackburn Rovers on loan.

#2 Thiago Alcantara

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League

Thiago Alcantara is one of the big names of modern times. A product of FC Barcelona’s famed youth academy, La Masia, Thiago is a central midfielder in the mold of legends of the game such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

The Spain international is one of the most technically gifted footballers of his generation and it is an absolute pleasure to watch him dictate the game from the base of midfield. Thiago is one of the most creative playmakers we’ve seen in recent times and his cast and vision are simply exemplary.

He won the Bundesliga title in his seven seasons with Bayern Munich. Thiago has also won four DFB Pokals and signed with Liverpool in the summer of 2020, shortly after winning the Champions League with the Bavarians.

Thiago took time to find his cruising speed in Liverpool. He had a difficult first season in the Premier League but became an influential figure in the 2021-22 season. Thiago was an integral part of the squad that won the FA Cup and League Cup last season.

#1 Xabi Alonso

Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Xabi Alonso has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. It was at Liverpool that he first rose to prominence. Alonso joined Liverpool after helping his boyhood club Real Sociedad win the La Liga title in the 2002-03 season.

Rafael Benitez signed his compatriot from Liverpool in 2004 and Alonso played a key role in Liverpool’s historic Champions League triumph in the 2004-05 season. Alonso quickly established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world and signed for Real Madrid in 2009.

After spending five years at Real Madrid between 2009 and 2014, Alonso joined Bayern Munich. He was then 33 years old and it is believed that he was at the twilight of his career.

But the midfield maestro ruled the Bavarians and won the Bundesliga in his three seasons in Germany.

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