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Where Are They Now? The Liverpool Side That Lost To Burnley In The 2005 FA Cup

As the Reds travel to Turf Moor for their second Premier League fixture of the season this weekend, here’s at look at what happened to the Liverpool side that were sensationally knocked out of the FA Cup by Burnley in 2005.


Jerzy Dudek

A few months after the shock FA Cup defeat, Dudek would lose his place in the side to Pepe Reina. He later joined Real Madrid as back up to Iker Casillas and retired there in 2011. Released his autobiography earlier this year.

2005 (January 18) Burnely 1-Liverpool 0… by sp1873



David Raven

A former England youth international who hailed from the Wirral, the Burnley upset was one of only four games he played for Liverpool before moving on to feature for Carlisle, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.


Sami Hyypia

Captain of the side on that forgettable night, the Finn has attempted management since his playing days came to a halt. Sacked by Bayer Leverkusen in April 2014, having dropped out of the Champions League places, he took charge of Brighton later the same year. His tenure there ended early too as he resigned his role with the club in the relegation zone just before Christmas 2014. More recently, he has been in charge of FC Zurich but again left with the side struggling.


Djimi Traore

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Djimi Traore of Liverpool is tackled by Lomana Tresor LuaLua and Steve Stone of Portsmouth during the FA Barclays Premiership match between Portsmouth and Liverpool, held at Fratton Park on April 20, 2005 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The man whose comical 51st minute own goal decided the tie in favour of the Championship side – nobody has ever figured out exactly what he was trying to do – would win the Champions League just 127 days later. “My Liverpool career was always like that – lots of ups and downs,” he correctly pointed out later on. After retiring he became part of the coaching staff of Seattle Sounders, the last club he played for, in the MLS.


Stephen Warnock

Originally recommended to Liverpool by European Cup winning left back Alan Kennedy, the full back suffered three leg breaks while trying to climb the ladder from the academy to the first team.

He would eventually play 67 games before departing for Blackburn in 2007, going on to earn two England caps. Now, 34, he moved from Derby County to Wigan during the summer after spending part of last season on loan there.


Zak Whitbread

LONDON - OCTOBER 25:  Dougie Freedman of Crystal Palace goes past Liverpool's Zak Whitbread during the Carling Cup Third Round match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 25, 2005 in London England.  (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Whitbread lost a crucial challenge to Richard Chaplow in the build up to Traore’s own goal. Son of a football coach and scout, the Houston-born centre back had originally joined the Liverpool academy at the age of eight before spending time in Singapore and then later rejoining the reds. All seven of the Hyypia lookalike’s first team appearances came under Rafa Benitez before he was sold to Millwall. He was released by Shrewsbury Town at the end of last season.


Antonio Nunez

Dismissed three minutes from the end of the Cup defeat after a tangle with Tony Grant led to him hitting the Burnley man with a half-hearted elbow. The incident probably summed up a Liverpool career that saw the Spanish winger arrive as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to Real Madrid. Injured in his maiden training session, he never looked good enough even if he did end up with a Champions League medal and with a League Cup final goal. Spent last season in the Spanish second division with debt-ridden Recreativo de Huelva.


Igor Biscan

Was in the headlines last year after being accused of headbutting a taxi driver during an argument in his hometown of Zagreb. Such behaviour seemed very out of character for the midfielder who became a centre back under Gerard Houllier before being told by Benitez to concentrate on being a midfielder again. He illustrated glimpses of his talent when featuring during all six of Liverpool’s knockout games on the way to the Champions League final in 2005. Now a coach back in Croatia with NK Rudes.


John Welsh

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Wayne Routledge of Palace battles with John Welsh of Liverpool during the Barclays Premiership match between Crystal Palace v Liverpool at Selhurst Park on April 23, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The central midfielder joined the Merseysiders as a ten-year-old and great things were expected when he skippered England at underage level. However, he would leave Anfield after just 10 senior appearances. Since then he’s featured for Hull City, Chester, Carlisle United, Bury, Tranmere and current side Preston North End.


Darren Potter

“I am more comfortable in the middle than on the right, but you know that Steven Gerrard, the best player in Europe, Xabi Alonso and Didi Hamann are competing for those places, so it is not going to be easy playing there.” Clearly, Potter was well aware of how tough it would be to make it at Liverpool, and such competition meant he was restricted to just 17 games before departing. Capped five times by the Republic of Ireland, he is now playing with MK Dons.


Florent Sinama Pongolle

One of Gerard Houllier’s ‘French gems’, Pongolle certainly had talent. The problem was that he only displayed it on fleeting occasions; such as when he provided the equaliser against Olympiakos or came off the bench to score twice in a come from behind 5-3 FA Cup victory away at Luton Town.

Since leaving Anfield in 2007, he has moved around constantly, spending time at, amongst others, Atletico Madrid, FC Rostov (Russia), Chicago Fire and Dundee United. This season he signed with Chainat in Thailand.



Milan Baros (replaced Traore 65 mins )

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND -  FEBUARY 5 : Milan Baros of Liverpool celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield on  Febuary 5, 2005 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

A surprise top scorer at the previous summer’s European Championships in Portugal, the Czech striker would leave Liverpool for Aston Villa the following season. After spells in France, England again and Turkey, he returned to play in his homeland in 2014. Spent last season with Mlada Ostrava.


Neil Mellor (replaced Welsh on 75 mins)

A regular goal scorer for Liverpool’s reserves, injuries prevented the Gerrard-lookalike centre forward from fulfilling his potential. Despite the Burnley defeat, 2004/05 was his best season with the Reds as he netted a sensational late winner against Arsenal and came off the bench to score against Olympiakos. Now a pundit, working mainly for Sky and LFCTV.


Paul Harrison

A local goalkeeper whose dad and uncle were killed in the Hillsborough Disaster, Harrison never made an appearance for the first team despite being on the bench 13 times. He left at the end of the 2004/05 campaign and now plays for The New Saints in the Welsh league.


Jon Otsemobor


Often recalled as ‘the lad who got shot in the bum’ (in an incident unrelated to football!), the full back from Speke made half a dozen appearances under Gerard Houllier but never played for Rafa Benitez. When his contract expired in the summer of 2005 he joined Rotherham United. Further moves – to Crewe, Norwich, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Tranmere on loan – followed before he retired in 2014 to focus on property development.


Mark Smyth

Houllier was planning to release the Scouse winger but the arrival of Rafa Benitez granted him a temporary reprieve. That came in the form of one appearance in a December 2004 League Cup quarter-final penalty shootout victory over Spurs.

“I have supported Liverpool right from when I was a young boy and Ian Rush is my idol. At the start of the summer, I never thought I would get a chance to play for the Liverpool first team but I did and it was great,” Smyth said. That was as good as it got for him.

The Burnley game was the only other occasion he made a matchday squad and the rest of his career was spent with sides such as Vauxhall Motors, Leigh Railway Mechanics Institute and Prestatyn Town.

Johnny Hynes, Pundit Arena

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