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 Nick Rizzo and we find out where he is now.
Nick Rizzo was just 16 years-old when he moved to England, joining Liverpool after a successful trial period and placed straight into their youth and reserves team.
After impressing at that level Rizzo found himself part of the first team setup during the 1997-98 season where he would be an unused sub 6 times and made his senior debut for Australia in a 7-0 loss to Croatia.
after former Socceroo, Archie Blue, hooked me up with Liverpool, I clearly remember my first day of trialling when I jumped into that old black taxi, unaware what was in store for me. I was welcomed by the legendary Steve Heighway, who was the first team coach. While training with other young players, I also met Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, David Thomson and Michael Owen. I was in the U-18 squad for a week or so and played against Notts Forest and Oldham while retaining my place in that squad for the rest of the season.speaking to footballtoday.news
After failing to break through to the Liverpool setup his former Australian manager Terry Venables and the than Crystal Palace manager came calling and Rizzo was on his way to Selhurst Park.
I was young and lured by financial rewards and although I was in the Australian squad and offered a four year contract with Liverpool, I was swayed by the offer of greater money and a guarantee of first team football with Crystal Palace
Rizzo would stay at Palace for 2 seasons playing 40 times and scoring 3 goals before moving to Italian Seria B side Ternana on the advice of his Crystal Palace teammate Attilio Lombardo.
That same summer Nick Rizzo would become an Olympian, representing Australia u23 side at the Sydney Olympics playing 3 games.
After only playing 3 times in 3 years Rizzo was on the move again, this time to Seria C outfit AC Prato where he had a much more successful spell, scoring 5 times in 25 appearances.
This form earned him a move back to England joining MK Dons where he stayed for 3 seasons before making his return to Austrlia joining Perth Glory and later Central Coast Mariners before finishing his pro career.
So where is he now?
After retiring Nick Rizzo setup a soccer academy in his native Australia called Nick Rizzo International Football School which developed players such as Daniel Djurovic now with Birmingham City and Presley Ortiz of Sportinng Lisbon.