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Konchesky signs for Liverpool

last updated Tuesday 31st August 2010, 3:40 PM
 Fulham defender Paul Konchesky
Fulham defender
Paul Konchesky
Paul Konchesky
One of the most experienced left-backs in the Barclays Premier League, Paul Konchesky has reunited with boss Roy Hodgson after signing a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

After cutting his teeth at non-league club Senrab FC - where the likes of John Terry and Ledley King also started out - Konchesky joined Charlton Athletic in 1997.

The Barking-born defender quickly became the Addicks' youngest-ever player aged just 16 years and 93 days - a record somewhat ironically not surpassed until Jonjo Shelvey's emergence at the Valley.

Konchesky was utilised sporadically until the 2000-01 season, when he nailed down a regular first-team place and established himself as one of the most promising young defenders in the country.

After notching up a handful of appearances for England U21s, his consistency was rewarded with a first full cap for the Three Lions against Australia in early 2003.

A brief loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur came next before he secured a move to boyhood club West Ham United in the summer of 2005.

Konchesky enjoyed a promising maiden term at Upton Park, winning a second England cap and becoming a mainstay of the Hammers first team as they clinched a ninth-place finish as well as reaching the FA Cup final.

Though Liverpool dashed his dreams of silverware that afternoon in Cardiff, the defender did find the back of the net at the Millennium Stadium when his attempted cross deceived Pepe Reina and found the back of the net.

The Reds' Spanish custodian had the last laugh, however, and thwarted Konchesky in the penalty shootout to ensure the FA Cup headed for Merseyside.

A disappointing second season at West Ham followed, prompting a switch to fellow Londoners Fulham ahead of 2007-08.

Konchesky quickly set about becoming a key component of the Cottagers - and the arrival of Hodgson at Craven Cottage at Christmas 2007 helped elevate his game to the next level.

A blockbusting effort against former club West Ham clinched Fulham's Goal of the Season award in 2008-09 and Konchesky remained Hodgson's first-choice left-back as they reached the Europa League final against all odds in May 2010, seeing off the likes of Juventus and Hamburg en route.

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