In our weekly feature we take a look at the life and career of former Liverpool players and this week it is the turn of Haukur Ingi Gudnason and we find out where he is now.
Haukur Ingi Guðnason started his playing career with Keflavik in Iceland, first in their junior team before making the step up to the first team where he scored 11 times in 34 outings, during his time at Keflavik he won the Icelandic Cup in 1997 and was shortly after that Liverpool made their move.
“I heard that they were interested in me during the U-18 European Championship in Iceland. I saw in the media that they were looking at me and they were interested in getting me out. The club’s agent in the Nordic countries called me and I immediately told him that they should talk to Keflavík. Shortly after the cup final on 5 October. In 1997 I went to Liverpool for a weeks trial, came home for one day and then went to Arsenal for a week, home for one day, PSV for a week. I knew there was something going on through the club. I did not know more until December 20, the day I graduate, then they call me and say that Liverpool are ready to buy me. It was a natural double celebration that day “.
Come the end of the 1998 season Guðnason found himself on Liverpool’s bench 3 times but never managed to get on, it was expected that he would make his debut the following season but an injury that summer would essentially end his Liverpool career.
He was sent out on loan in 2000 to KR Reykjavík but after not scoring in 13 appearances he was released and move back to Keflavik, he would spend the rest of his career in Iceland.
He would go on to pick up 8 international caps and when his playing career petted out he would yet again go back to Keflavik but this time as a manager in 2015 where he stayed for just 16 games.
So where is he now ?
Gudnason now 42 is married to a former Miss Iceland and after graduating with a degree from University of Iceland in Sports psychology is currently working with sidekickhealth and was part of the backroom team of the Iceland side that beat England in Euro 2016.
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