JOSEMI

Josemi - Liverpool FC - Biography of his Liverpool career.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 15 September 2004

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    • POSITION
      Right Back
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 15 September 1979
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Malaga, Spain
  • CLUBS
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2004-2006
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 14th August 2004 in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
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JOSEMI - Liverpool FC - Biography of his Liverpool career.

16 League apps (+5 as sub), 0 goals.


When Rafa Benitez arrived on Merseyside in the summer of 2004, he immediately set about bringing some of Spain's top talents with him, but while Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia went on to become fans' favourites at Anfield, Benitez' first signing Josemi did not. The right back, full name Jose Miguel Gonzalez Rey, was snapped up from Malaga for £2m and arrived with a good reputation. He was believed to be on the fringes of his national team and was regarded as a tough tackler and strong defender. Josemi made his Reds bow alongside another new boy Djibril Cisse in Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League qualifier win over Grazer AK in Austria, and impressed fans on his Premier League debut, a 1-1 draw at Tottenham's White Hart Lane.

 

 

The Spaniard's arrival had placed doubt on the Liverpool futures of Jamie Carragher and Steve Finnan, with the latter being moved further forward to the right side of midfield to accommodate his new team-mate. Josemi started ten of Liverpool's first twelve matches of the season, but the cracks began to appear on just his third league outing, when Bolton's Henrik Pedersen easily outfoxed him down Liverpool's right to provide the only goal of the game for Kevin Davies. In mid-October, Josemi was sent off at Craven Cottage as Liverpool battled back from 2-0 down to beat Fulham 4-2, and that suspension, coupled with a variety of injuries (he suffered a concussion in a Champions League match in Monaco), saw the Spaniard shuffled in and out of Benitez' team, and Finnan soon replaced him as first choice right back.

 

 

Josemi featured 23 times in his first season in English football, but was an unused substitute as Liverpool shocked the football world to win the Champions League Final against AC Milan in Istanbul. However, he did ensure his place in the chronicles of Liverpool history by standing to the right of Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool skipper picked up the trophy. The 2005/06 season began in mid-July for Liverpool because of their Champions League qualifiers, and Josemi played as the Reds won 3-1 against Kaunas in Lithuania on Peter Crouch's debut. The Spaniard played twelve times before the turn of the year, and made his last start for Liverpool in the grand setting of the Yokohama Stadium in Japan as the Reds saw off Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica in the World Club Championship semi-final. When the January transfer window opened, Benitez swapped Josemi for Villarreal right back Jan Kromkamp, ending an inauspicious eighteen month stint on Merseyside. (Mark Jones)

 

1997–1998    Torremolinos        
1998–2001    Málaga B    67    (4)
2001–2004    Málaga    93    (0)
2004–2006    Liverpool    21    (0)
2006–2008    Villarreal    32    (0)
2008–2010    Mallorca    53    (1)
2010–2011    Iraklis    26    (0)
2011–2012    Cartagena    18    (0)
2012–2013    Levadiakos    25    (0)
2013–2014    Skoda Xanthi    16    (0)
2014             Atlético Kolkata    17    (0)