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Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Liverpool who's who
Arsenal v Liverpool | Community Shield
Sun 11 August | 1400 BST
Live on BBC Radio Five Live

BBC Sport Online profiles the players likely to figure in the 2002 Community Shield.

Jerzy Dudek
Dudek survived a difficult World Cup

Jerzy Dudek
Age: 29

The former Feyenoord man was a long-term target for Shield opponents Arsenal before Liverpool took advantage of their hesitancy to lure him to Anfield for 4.85m.

He was a revelation for the Reds in his 49 appearances last season and a key figure in England's best defensive unit.

The Polish Player of the Year for 2001 had a difficult World Cup, but is still regarded as among the world's best.

Chris Kirkland
Age: 21

England under-21 international Kirkland signed from Coventry City at the same time as Dudek last summer and has been his understudy ever since.

He started four games for Liverpool last season and performed well in the Real Madrid centenary tournament.

Sami Hyypia
Hyypia forms part of England's tightest defence

Sami Hyypia
Age: 28

A virtual unknown when he signed for 3m from Dutch club Willem II in May 1999.

The authoritative Finnish central defender played a major part in helping Liverpool to their unique cup Treble in his first full season.

He captained the team last season and played 57 times, establishing alongside Stephane Henchoz the most impressive central defensive pairing in the land.

Stephane Henchoz
Age: 27

Signed in June 1999 for 3.5m from Blackburn but his first outing was delayed because of injury.

Now a mainstay in defence alongside Sami Hyypia, he played 54 times term.

A Swiss international, he was a member of his country's World Cup 1994 and Euro 96 squads.

Jamie Carragher
Age: 24

Has graduated through the Liverpool ranks and his quality and versatility have seen him survive the Anfield revolution instigated by Houllier.

Can play in central defence, at right-back or in midfield and has firmly established himself in the Liverpool side, appearing 53 times last season.

Missed out on a place in England's World Cup squad because he needed surgery for a knee injury.

Markus Babbel
Age: 29

Signed under the Bosman ruling from Bayern Munich and arrived at Anfield after helping his former club to the German League and Cup Double in 2000.

Missed almost all of last season after contracting Guillan-Barre Syndrome - a virus that affects the nervous system.

The German full back's return to fitness during pre-season has been one of the most welcome pieces of news to emerge from Anfield this summer.

John Arne Riise
Age: 20

The Norwegian international arrived last summer and made a huge impact in his first season, scoring eight important goals in his 56 appearances.

Fulham and Leeds had originally tried to sign him before he opted to move to Anfield for 4m from Monaco.

Naturally a left-sided player, who is equally adept playing in midfield or defence, he signed an extension to his contract in June that will keep him at Liverpool until 2007.

Igor Biscan
Biscan remains on the fringes of Houllier's squad

Igor Biscan
Age: 22

Biscan quickly adapted to English football following his 5.5m move from Dynamo Zagreb in December 2000.

The Croatian international chose Liverpool even though Juventus, Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax were reportedly interested in him.

Played 21 times in the second half of his first season but struggled for a place last season, starting just 10 first team games.

Steven Gerrard
Age: 22

Gerrard's absence from England's World Cup squad was a severe blow for Sven Goran Eriksson and his recovery from a thigh injury since then has been a huge boost.

The dynamic midfielder is a commanding force when tracking back and an attacking threat with his powerful runs and shooting ability.

Always injury-prone, he nevertheless played 45 times last season and his fitness in this campaign could dictate the strength of Liverpool's title challenge.

Vladimir Smicer
Age: 29

The Czech international helped former club RC Lens to the French title and French Cup in successive seasons before a 4.2m move to Anfield in July 1999.

After a slow start, he established himself in the Liverpool midfield last season, making 22 Premiership appearances and scoring four times, including the winner against Chelsea which helped Gerard Houllier's side finish second.

Signed a new three-year contract last month.

Danny Murphy
Murphy was injured on the eve of the World Cup

Danny Murphy
Age: 25

Murphy moved to Anfield in a 2m deal from Crewe but went back to Gresty Road on loan for three months at the end of the 1998/1999 season.

He then almost left the Merseyside club but fought to make himself an integral part of Houllier's plans.

His 56 appearances last season catapulted him into the England World Cup reckoning, until a foot injury forced him out of the squad on the eve of the tournament.

Dietmar Hamann
Age: 28

Hamann was an 8m signing from Newcastle in July 1999.

He has the distinction of being the scorer of the last goal at Wembley, with a free-kick for Germany against England in a World Cup qualifier in October 2001.

A former Bayern Munich midfielder, he was a key member of Rudi Voeller's World Cup side that surpassed all expectations by reaching the final.

Emile Heskey
Age: 24

Heskey appeared to answer doubts about his finishing quality with 22 goals in his first season following his 11m move from Leicester City.

A tally of 14 last season saw some critics return, but Sven Goran Eriksson was impressed enough to use him as a first-choice striker during the World Cup.

Powerful and pacy with a fierce shot and surprisingly good control, he signed a new contract last month, opting to stay at Anfield until the end of season 2004/2005.

Jari Litmanen
Houllier has often used Litmanen as a substitute

Jari Litmanen
Age: 31

Litmanen is Finland's greatest ever player. He is the captain of his national team and helped Ajax to the 1995 Champions League crown and the final the following season.

Arrived on a free transfer from Barcelona in January 2001 and made an immediate impact, but still lost out regularly to Owen and Heskey in the race to start up front last season.

Michael Owen
Age: 21

England's first-choice striker, Owen was clearly not 100% during the World Cup campaign and has been struggling with another groin injury ever since.

He scored in the Charity Shield win over Man United last year, before beginning the season in style, culminating in a hat-trick for England in the 5-1 win in Munich last September.

Has electric pace and an electric finish. Set to be the first-choice striker for Liverpool and England for years to come - injury permitting.

Milan Baros
Age: 21

Signed from Banik Ostrava in the middle of last season, the Czech under-21 striker has yet to start a Premiership fixture.

However, he has impressed in pre-season, particularly against AC Milan in Madrid when he terrorised Paolo Maldini and scored Liverpool's second goal.

He will be knocking hard on the first-team door this season.

El-Hadji Diouf
Diouf has already opened his Liverpool account

El-Hadji Diouf
Age: 21

The African footballer of the year had a tremendous World Cup for Senegal and signed for Liverpool from French side Lens for 10m in the middle of it all.

He opened his account as a substitute in the pre-season friendly with Wolfsburg.

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