It was the summer of 1992 and the football landscape was about to change forever, Denmark had just shocked the world by winning the European Championship against the mighty Germans with a certain centre half playing at the heart of their defence, none other than Torben Piechnik.
After spending the first 12 seasons playing in Denmark’s top flight he was about to get a move of a lifetime, Graeme Souness had just taken over the Liverpool team from Kenny Dalglish and in need of a centre half he turned his attention to the Dane.
While he would only last a season and a bit at Anfield he was probably best remembered for a game against Middlesborough which Liverpool won 5-1, During the game Bernie Slaven was clean through on goal with Piechnik twenty yards behind him but he was to catch up with Slaven and launch him in the sky.
This inspired a song for the big Dane, to the tune of teddy bears picnic.
“If you go down to the ground today, you’re in for a big surprise
If you go down to the ground today, you’ll never believe your eyes
The reds, the reds are playing today
The reds, the reds will blow you away
Cos now we’ve got that Danish bloke called Piechnik”
Ironically his worse moment also came against a Tyneside club when he was hauled off at half time against Newcastle United after Andy Cole had scored a hat-trick and Piechnik had a game to forget, he would never play for Liverpool again and new manager Roy Evans was soon to send him back to Denmark once he took charge of the team.
Piechnik was just too slow for the English game with even the most cumbersome of strikers getting around him with ease, if you were to Google a Liverpool flops list you can be sure that the not so great Dane would be on it with the likes of Sean Dundee & Istvan Kozma.
So where is he now ?
After retirement in 1999 he played some charity games for the Danish showstars which is a kind of legends team in Denmark, he also dabbled in the real estate market before setting up his own massage company where he has been working as a sports therapist for the past 15 years.