What happened to the Liverpool XI who were stunned by Leeds in seven-goal thriller

Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Elland Road this Sunday, Mirror Football take a look back at Leeds United’s memorable 4-3 win 21 years ago, and look at what happened to Gerard Houllier’s side

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Leeds United welcome Liverpool to Elland Road for the first time in the top-flight with fans back on Sunday, since the memorable 4-3 victory back in November 2000.


Last season's clash ended 1-1 behind closed doors, but all Leeds fans reminisce about when Mark Viduka single-handedly smashed Liverpool, scoring all four goals.

Despite five successive victories for Liverpool heading into the match, Gerard Houllier's team selection gamble didn't pay off and their leaky defence meant that not even three goals were enough to come away from Elland Road with anything to show for it.

Viduka lapped up the opportunity, and instantly became a hero after arriving from Celtic that summer for just £6million.

12 goals have been scored during Leeds' first three league games so far this season, and lots of goals are always a possibility with how Marcelo Bielsa set's up his side, with Sunday's game against Liverpool expected to be no different.

Ahead of the game, Mirror Football takes a look at what happened to that Liverpool side that were stunned by Leeds almost 21 years ago…

Goalkeeper: Sander Westerveld

Sander Westerveld spent two seasons at Liverpool


Sander Westerveld joined Liverpool in 1999 for a reported £4m from Dutch side Vitesse but only spent two seasons at Anfield.

However, it was a very successful couple of years at Liverpool as the Dutchman was part of a treble-winning season, as the Reds won the FA Cup, Football League Cup and the UEFA cup that year.

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This was followed by the FA Charity Shield and the UEFA Super up before Westerveld left for Real Sociedad.

The Dutchman is now the goalkeeping coach of South African Premier Soccer League club Ajax Cape Town, and has held that role since 2013.

Defender: Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher spent 17 seasons at Liverpool

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Jamie Carragher was a one-club man who spent his entire 17-year professional career at Liverpool after joining the club at the age of 10.

The Englishman went on to make 508 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside club, and won 11 trophies during his career.

Although Carragher couldn't win the league title for his beloved side, he was part of the Champions League winning squad in Istanbul, that famously turned around a three-goal deficit after half-time.

Carragher now works as a pundit predominantly on Sky Sports, presenting Monday Night Football with Dave Jones and Gary Neville.

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Defender: Markus Babbel

Markus Babbel spent four seasons at Liverpool


Markus Babbel spent four seasons at Liverpool between 2000-2004, and was a key part of their squad operating down the right-hand side.

Unfortunately, Babbel's career at Liverpool was interrupted by Guillain–Barré syndrome, but the defender still enjoyed the rest of his playing days with Stuttgart after returning home to Germany.

Babbel straight away went into management and has now managed sides in Switzerland and Australia following his branch out from his homeland.

The German left his role at Western Sydney Wanderers in 2020, and is currently without a club.

Defender: Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia spent 10 seasons at Liverpool


Sami Hyypia spent 10 seasons at Liverpool after signing from Willem II in 1999, and went on to win 10 trophies during his time at Anfield.

The Finland international made up a strong partnership with Carragher at the back, and enjoyed his best playing days at Liverpool before heading to Bayer Leverkusen for the final two years of his career.

Hyypia turned to management after hanging up his boots, and even managed again in England following a brief spell with Brighton and Hove Albion.

The former defender was most recently at FC Haka as an assistant, but left in 2020.

Midfielder: Christian Ziege

Christian Ziege spent one season at Liverpool


Liverpool signed Christian Ziege in 2000 from Middlesborough for £5.5m, but flopped during his singular season at Anfield.

The German had very much passed his peak after impressing for Bayern Munich earlier in his career, and to make matters worse, Liverpool were fined £20,000 for making an illegal approach for the midfielder in the first place.

Ziege left Liverpool for Tottenham, before ending his career back in Germany, and went straight into the club's coaching set up at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 49-year-old now manages FC Pinzgau in Austria, and has held the role since 2019.

Midfielder: Vladimir Smicer

Vladimir Smicer spent six seasons at Liverpool


Vladimir Smicer spent six years at Liverpool after signing from Lens in 1999, and won five trophies during his time at Anfield.

Although starring during Liverpool's treble-winning side, Smicer is most commonly known for his goal during the Champions League final against AC Milan, as he followed up from Steven Gerrard's header to make it 3-2, before Xabi Alonso levelled shortly after.

Smicer joined Bordeaux after winning the Champions League, and then moved to Slavia Prague in his native Czech Republic before retiring.

Smicer unsuccessfully ran as a political candidate for Czech party Vize 2014, and has recently opened a hotel in the Prague called the Dancing House Hotel.

Midfielder: Patrik Berger

Patrik Berger spent seven seasons at Liverpool


Patrik Berger signed for Liverpool in 1996, after spending a singular year with Borussia Dortmund before being sold for £3.25m.

Berger's stay lasted until 2003, when he joined Portsmouth, and won four trophies during his time at Liverpool.

Moves to Aston Villa and Stoke City followed, before ending his career at Sparta Prague to wrap up a 19-year professional career.

Berger has been involved in various tournaments for Liverpool's legends team, and continues to work for the club as an ambassador, helping promote the brand abroad as well as working with the club’s charity partners.

Midfielder: Gary McAllister

Gary McAllister spent two seasons at Liverpool


Gary McAllister joined Liverpool towards the end of his career, after lengthy spells at Leicester, Leeds and Coventry.

The Scotland international spent just two seasons at Anfield, but one of those saw his side win the treble, and McAllister was a key part of their trophy success.

The midfielder featured in all three final successes, and even won them the UEFA Cup against Alaves with a golden-goal winner, producing a man of the match performance.

McAllister had spells as manager of Coventry, Leeds and Aston Villa, but has since been working as Steven Gerrard's assistant at Rangers.

Midfielder: Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy spent seven seasons at Liverpool


Danny Murphy signed for Liverpool from Crewe for an initial £1.5m in 1997, and spent seven seasons at Anfield before leaving for Charlton in 2004.

Murphy had a successful Premier League career, playing for Tottenham, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers following his short stint at Charlton, making 600 league appearances over his career.

Murphy went straight into punditry and has been a regular feature for BBC Sport's football coverage since 2014.

The Englishman also appears on talkSport, but so far hasn't gone into coaching despite holding the relevant badges.

Midfielder: Dietmar Hamann

Dietmar Hamann spent seven seasons at Liverpool


Dietmar Hamann signed for Liverpool in 1999 from Newcastle United in a deal worth £8m, and was a fan favourite during his seven years at Anfield.

The German won nine trophies during his seven years at Liverpool, but left for Manchester City in 2006, before becoming a player-manager at Stockport County for the 2010/11 season.

Hamann attempted management at both Leicester and Stockport, but the role wasn't for him, and he hasn't gone back into a similar position since 2011.

The former midfielder has now stopped coaching and works sporadically in the media for broadcasters including LFC TV, Sky Sports, RTE and the BBC.

Forward: Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey spent four seasons at Liverpool

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Emile Heskey signed for Liverpool in 2000 after Leicester sold their academy graduate for £11m.

The Englishman spent four seasons at the club before enjoying a long career with a host of different English sides, with a move to Australian outfit Newcastle Jets shortly before the end of his playing days.

Heskey also featured for England 62 times, scoring seven goals, and was part of the famous side that beat Germany 5-1 back in 2001.

The former striker now features as a pundit on a variety of different broadcasters including Sky Sports and BBC Sport, and revealed in 2020 that he is considering an internship with the Leicester women's squad to learn management.

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