5) Craig Bellamy
Craig Bellamy was part of the rudimentary stage of Manchester City’s evolution under their Qatari owners. He was amongst the many stars Citizens brought to the club alongside Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero. While he was nowhere near as successful as the likes of Aguero and Nasri were for the club, Bellamy did have his moments. He played for a myriad number of clubs which also includes Liverpool, whom he joined in 2006. Post his Man City career, Bellamy again returned to Anfield and scored a goal in the semi-final against City in the League Cup which the Reds eventually won.
4) David James
James like Bellamy too played for numerous clubs in his career. The clubs as in Bellamy’s case also include Liverpool and Manchester City. He first joined Liverpool after spending nearly four years at Watford. While he amassed more than 200 appearances for the Reds, he never quite got to the level which he reached whilst playing for Aston Villa. He followed it up with brief spells at West Ham before joining City. He spent 2 seasons at Etihad before joining Portsmouth. He is currently the manager of Kerala Blasters in ISL while also features prominently as a pundit for BT Sport.
Probably one of the best imports Premier league has ever had, the German was a great servant for Liverpool in the seven years he spent at Merseyside. The defensive midfielder won several titles with the Reds including the Champions league. He also won BBC’s goal of the season in 2003. After a successful time with Liverpool, Hamann joined Bolton before landing up at City where he did spend 3 years but could only feature in 50 or so games for the Citizens, but it came at the time when City were undergoing transition and Hamann’s presence was vital in that sense.
2) Robbie Fowler
A Liverpool player through and through, Fowler graduated from the Reds’ academy in 1993 and spent more than 8 years at the club. He scored over 100 goals in that period and was a fan favourite. Post his time at Liverpool, Fowler joined Leeds in 2001. He joined Manchester City in the latter stages of his career. At City, Fowler did not have the same impact but all was not lost as returned to Liverpool though for a solitary season only and still scored handful number of goals for the club.
1) Matt Busby
Unbelievable but true, Manchester United’s all time great, Sir Matt Busby, actually featured for the two of the club’s fiercest rivals in Liverpool and Manchester City. In addition, he did not have just a brief period at those clubs. Instead he spent nearly a decade at City and played a key role in their FA Cup win in 1934. At Liverpool, Busby played more than 100 games. He became Manchester United’s manager in 1945 and was at the helm when the club were virtually destroyed following the Munich crash of 1958. He spent more than 20 years as United’s manager.