Liverpool Build Up

Last updated : 24 January 2014 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator

"Can Jamie Redknapp return to the visitors bench" was the announcement at Moss Rose prior to Redknapp juniors debut for AFC Bournemouth when he made his debut for the Cherries at the tender age of 16.

Since then Redknapp made his name in a Liverpool side making 308 appearances, scoring 41 goals in the process.

Speaking about the Cherries opportunity to host the famous reds from Merseyside, Redknapp is quoted as saying: "It is hard for me to put into words what my time at Bournemouth meant to me. When I look back, my fondest memories in football were while I was there. Sweeping the changing rooms, cleaning Luther Blissett’s boots and training with the first team, I can’t tell you how much fun we had. I earned no money whatsoever but those years were so special. It is only when I look back now that I think it was that time that really helped me make it as a player. I used to train with the first team, the players used to kick me even then and I was one of them. But I had to join in with all the apprentices. I did all the jobs and spent my whole summer holidays there. Of course, it helped me become a footballer but I also wonder whether I had the knee problems I did because I played too much when I was younger. You always look into things and why they turn out like they do but it was the greatest time ever, even though I only played a few games".

As for an upset ....... "When you look at people like Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, you doubt it. But stranger things have happened in football. I would be very surprised if Brendan Rodgers chose to rotate his team because he does not need to. The Champions League is coming up now for a lot of clubs but that is not the case for Liverpool, so I don’t think the manager will take any risks".