Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of a former World Cup winner with Germany and an olympian Karl Heinz Riedle.
It is fair to say that when Liverpool signed 32 year old Karl Heinz Riedle from Borrusia Dortmund in 1997 they were not getting a player in his prime, However big things were still expected of the man who had come off the back of winning the Champions League with Borrusia Dortmund , scoring twice in the final against Juventus.
Brought in by manager Roy Evans to replace the outgoing Stan Collymore the German international was viewed as the experienced partner for Robbie Fowler while the club blooded in youngster Michael Owen.
However an injury to Robbie Fowler meant that Owen would start the season upfront with Rielde scoring from the penalty spot against Wimbeldon, the rise of Owen had begun and along with it came the demise of Karl Heinz Riedle.
Riedle who before joining Liverpool have never heard of Owen said of the young striker at the time.
“It’s unbelievable when you see him play to realise that he’s only 17,” he said. “He’s such a good player, so very quick and for his age he has excellent vision and awareness. He’s a great player already and in one or two years he will become a very great player.
Once Fowler came back from injury he would form the dominant partnership with Owen with Rielde only starring sparingly, in total that season Karl Heinz Riedle started 18 times in the league and scored 6 goals.
The following season he started even less games with 11 starts and 5 goals, he was now 34 and very much behind Owen & Fowler in the pecking order so he decided to follow ex manager Roy Evans to Fulham acting as a caretaker manager and helped guide Fulham to the Premier league before retiring in 2000.
So where is he now ?
Since his retirement Riedle has been a busy man, he spent time in the boardroom of Grasshoppers Zurich before setting up a sports agency called Trustar AG, he now owns a four star hotel back in Germany called evviva where German teams often come to train during pre-season.