Markus Babbel was one of the most decorated fullbacks in the game when he decided to leave Bayern Munich in the summer of 2000. Babbel had just come off a very disappointing EUROs with Germany, where they finished lasted in their group. He needed a new challenge. He wanted to play in England before finishing his career.
“Of course, Bayern Munich is a massive club, not just in Germany but worldwide.” Babbel said. “Still I said ‘I have to change something’, and I had the chance to move to Manchester United, but I didn’t do it because I didn’t have the right feeling.
“I had talks with Liverpool, all the meetings that we had I always got a better and better feeling, and then it was always an easy decision to say ‘yes, I want to play for this unbelievable club’.
“In the end, I did everything right.”
Babbel would play for Liverpool for two seasons, helping the Reds win A Treble in 2000-01.