Patrick Berger

Posted on September 4, 2008

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Patrick Berger

Date of Birth    :  10/11/1973
Birthplace        :   Prague
Debut              :   7th September 1996 v Southampton (H) Premiership (2-1)
1st team games: 196
1st team goals  : 35
Other clubs      : Sparta Prague, Borussia Dortmund

Honours with Liverpool:  FA Cup 2001, UEFA Cup 2001, FA Charity Shield 2001

Played as midfielder.


Sebelum dikontrak Liverpool, Berger bermain di Sparta Praha dan Brossia Dortmund. Ia pindah ke Liverpool pada tahun 1996, setelah Euro 1996. Debutnya diawali sebagai pemain pengganti saat Liverpool bertemu Southampton yang diakhiri dengan kemenangan Liverpool 2-1. Kemudian saat bertemu Leicester, Berger mencetak 2 gol atas 3-0 kemenangan Liverpool, dan saat menjadi tim inti, Berger mencetak 2 gol lagi dalam pertandingan melawan Chelsea dengan skor akhir 5-1 untuk Liverpool.

Spesialis bola mati ini, mampu memikat hati para fans Liverpool.. (including me😀 ). Sempat bersitegang dengan Roy Evans (manager kala itu), hampir membuatnya terdepak dari squad Liverpool. Namun setelah manager Liverpool dipegang oleh Gerard Houllier, permainannya mulai kembali membaik, hingga cedera lutut yang memaksa dia harus duduk di bangku cadangan hingga akhir karirnya di Liverpool. Well, meski begitu, dia sangat bahagia karena pernah menjadi bagian dari the greatest club in the world… hehehe…

You know, the greatest day in my football life was the day I signed for Liverpool. I couldn’t believe it. When I was young in Czechoslovakia, we didn’t see much European football, but my father’s friend went to England and he watched Liverpool. When he came back, he gave me the programme, the ticket and a scarf. I still have them all.

When I moved to Southport to live, my neighbour was Kenny Dalglish. Alan Hansen lived around the corner. I met them, they were normal guys, but they were my heroes. To me, it’s the best club in the world and when I am finished playing and I’m telling my children about it I will be proud to say that for seven years I was a Liverpool player.

Sunday Times, 8 February 2004.

Tahun 2003, dia pindah ke Portsmouth. Namun lagi-lagi, cedera lututnya membuatnya terpaksa harus menjalani operasi di AS. Kemudian dia sempat bermain untuk Aston Villa, dan dipinjamkan ke Stoke City, dan akhirnya kembali lagi ke klub asalnya di Sparta Praha sejak tahun 2008.

His pass to Michael Owen for the winning goal in the 2001 FA Cup Final against Arsenal, will never be forgotten by Reds fans.

Patrick Berger was one of my favorite player at LFC…😀

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