WATN: Jan Kromkamp


Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of former Liverpool defender Jan Kromkamp and find out where they are now.

He may have been signed as a defender but Jan Krompkamp actually started off his career as a midfielder with Dutch 2nd division outfit Go Ahead Eagles but was soon moved into defence after moving to AZ Alkmaar.

Kromkamp would spend 5 season with AZ Alkmaar helping them to a semi final place in the UEFA Cup before making a £6m move to Spanish club Villareal, he never really settled in Spain and struggled with the language and within 6 months Liverpool had agreed a part exchange deal for Josemi.

“As both players have discovered, it is difficult to play in an other country. Josemi has tried to learn English and he’s improved a lot but for him and his family it has been hard. Kromkamp has suffered the same in Spain. He speaks English but at Villarreal almost everyone speaks Spanish so it was not an ideal situation for him.”

Kromkamp was never really looked at as a long term signing for the club and rumours at the time were that a deal for him to move back to Holland in the summer had already been agreed upon his arrival at Anfield, Steve Finnan was well and truly the first choice right back at the club however Kromkamp did manage to make a fair few appearances from the bench (14) including coming on for Xabi Alonso in the 2006 FA Cup final.

At the end of the 2005/06 season Krompkamp would move back to Holland joining Dutch giants PSV Eindeovan where he would go on to win two titles before finishing his career where it all started at Go Ahead Eagles.

Where is he now ?

After retirement Krompkamp would take up a position as a youth coach for Go Ahead Eagles before moving up the ladder to their u19 manager and even headed up their academy, he then would go on to be the youth coach of SV Twello for a season before taking up a management position with Dutch lower league club CSV Apeldoorn.