By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool signed goalkeeper duo Chris Kirkland and Jerzy Dudek on the same day, August 31st 2001.
Kirkland lasted five years a the club, playing 45 times, while Dudek stayed an extra year making 186 appearances for the club.
The two shared rooms together while at the Reds, building a close relationship and the one-time England international has shared what it was like competing with the shot-stopper.
“Jerzy was great, I used to share a room with Jerzy,” said Kirkland speaking on Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football show. “He was a great lad, he was unbelievable in training. I was thinking I’m never going to get a chance here, because I was thinking what have I done, I’m never going to get in.
“Honestly he saved everything. I didn’t see him let a goal in, in training for about six months. I was just thinking, ‘what have I done’.”
Dudek starred in Liverpool’s famous Champions League victory against AC Milan in 2005, saving two penalties in the shoot out from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko in the shoot out win.
He left for Euro giants Real Madrid, where he made just three appearances in four years before retiring.
Meanwhile, Kirkland has had an indifferent career due to injuries.
The now 35-year-old is currently with Bury in League One, which follows on from permanent spells with Wigan, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.
He was once England’s brightest goalkeeping prospects and the £6million move to Anfield saw him named the most expensive goalkeeper in British transfer history, at only 20 years old.
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