AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Kirkland Signs For Liverpool
Coventry City keeper Chris
Kirkland has today signed for Liverpool for a reported fee of
The fee represents a British
record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, beating the £6m that
Arsenal paid for Ipswich goalie Richard Wright in the summer.
The England U-21 goalie has twice
been linked with the Merseyside giants before but this time
Gerard Houllier has made a concrete swoop.
Liverpool were due to sign
Feyenoord’s Jurzey Dudek but turned to Kirkland after that
deal fell through.
Bryan Richardson has issued the
“Very reluctantly Coventry
City have agreed to accept an offer from Liverpool FC for our
20 year-old goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
“The offer, which breaks the
British transfer fee record for a goalkeeper, was accepted as
a consequence of relegation from the FA Premier League.
“The immediate loss through
relegation is in excess of £15 million to Coventry City – a
fact which only highlights the ridiculous divide between the
Premier League and First Division in financial terms.
“Chris Kirkland has come all
the way through our youth/academy system and it is
particularly sad that we are compelled to sell someone in this
way, but financial circumstances have forced this action.
“We all wish Chris huge
success at Liverpool and for England.”
Coventry must now hope that Swede
Magnus Hedman can be persuaded to stay at the club after
chairman Bryan Richardson denied that he would let both keepers
A number of clubs including
Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton have been chasing Hedman
in recent weeks.