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Sky Sports counts down 10 players who have represented both Newcastle and Liverpool during their careers

Newcastle United play host to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, with all of the action live on Sky Sports 1 HD and 3D.

Meetings between the Magpies and Reds are among the most eagerly-anticipated on the top-flight calendar, with the two sides having never played out a goalless draw during the Premier League era.

A number of players have experienced such tussles from either side of the divide, and here we offer up a selection of 10 of the best.

Peter Beardsley

The twinkle-toed former England international spent two spells with Newcastle as a player and also had four years with Liverpool. Beardsley first joined Newcastle in 1983 and he went on to make more than 100 league appearances. He moved to Liverpool in 1987 and he won two league titles and one FA Cup. Following a move to Everton, Beardsley returned to Newcastle in 1993 and was a part of the Kevin Keegan 'Entertainers' who earned promotion to the Premier league and then went narrowly close to lifting the top-flight title.

Kevin Keegan

Keegan was one of football's first superstars when playing for Liverpool in the 1970s. He became a marketable asset off the back of three league titles and one FA Cup - the famous 1974 destruction of Newcastle at Wembley. But Keegan then stunned Anfield by leaving for Hamburg following Liverpool's first European Cup win in 1977. He went on to win the Ballon d'Or in 1978 and 1979, but quit Hamburg in 1980. A surprise move to Southampton followed before a 1982 switch to Newcastle. Keegan later managed the Toon Army to great acclaim between 1992 and 1997 before a less happy, brief period in charge in 2008.

Alan Kennedy

The North East-born former full-back's finest hour came in a Liverpool shirt when he scored the winning penalty in the European Cup final shoot-out success against Roma in 1984. It was Kennedy's second European Cup win, having also lifted the trophy in 1981, while the left-back also won four league titles and League Cups in a silverware-laden seven-year career at Anfield. But Kennedy had started his career at Newcastle and played against the Keegan-inspired Liverpool in the 1974 FA Cup final defeat.

Terry McDermott

McDermott is a Liverpool legend after winning an incredible 18 trophies during his eight years at Anfield between 1974 and 1982. But the former midfielder had previously played for Newcastle and, like Kennedy, he was a member of the Magpies side who lost to Liverpool in the 1974 FA Cup final. McDermott returned to Newcastle for a two-year spell in 1982 and played alongside Keegan and Beardsley. He later worked as Keegan's managerial assistant at St James' Park.

Barry Venison

The ex-Sky Sports pundit and famously-mulleted footballer played for Liverpool between 1986 and 1992. Venison was an extra-time substitute in the 1989 Merseyside derby FA Cup final win over Everton at Wembley. He went on to move to Newcastle in a 1992 return to his native North East and, alongside Beardsley, he later helped win promotion back to the top flight as champions.

John Barnes

It is often suggested Liverpool have never replaced the tricky and speedy winger, who terrorised defences. Barnes was a star of arguably Liverpool's greatest team in the late 1980s, who were denied the yardstick of success in Europe due to the ban after the Heysel disaster. The former England international played for Liverpool for 10 years from 1987 and won two league titles and two FA Cups. Barnes was then signed by former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle and, although his time was less illustrious at St James' Park, he was a 1998 FA Cup finalist.

Ian Rush

Liverpool and Wales' all-time record goalscorer is a finishing icon. He is a Kop idol at Anfield and will forever be remembered after helping to win five league titles, three FA Cups, five League Cups and one European Cup in two spells with Liverpool, sandwiching a season at Juventus, between 1980-1987 and 1988-1996. Unfortunately, Rush's time at Newcastle, between 1997 and 1998, was less memorable and he struggled for first-team opportunities following Alan Shearer's return to fitness.

Dietmar Hamann

The German midfielder joined Newcastle in 1998 from Bayern Munich, but only spent one season at St James' Park. He started the FA Cup final for the Magpies in 1999, however, he could not prevent a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United. Hamann joined Liverpool that summer in an £8million deal and went on to win two FA Cups and two League Cups. The 2002 World Cup finalist is best remembered by Liverpool fans for his role as a half-time substitute in helping the Reds incredibly come from three goals down against AC Milan to win the 2005 UEFA Champions League on penalties and he scored in the shoot-out.

Michael Owen

Owen won the Ballon d'Or in 2001 as a Liverpool player having helped the club to their historic cup Treble of the FA Cup, in which he turned the final on its head with two late goals to defeat Arsenal, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup. The 89-time England international was also a goalscorer when Liverpool defeated Manchester United in the final of the 2003 League Cup. But, as far as Liverpool fans were concerned, his reputation was spoilt by a move to Real Madrid in 2004. After finding first-team opportunities limited at the Bernabeu, Newcastle beat Liverpool to the signing of Owen in 2005. However, the current Stoke City striker could not rediscover his best form in four injury-plagued years at St James' Park.

Andy Carroll

As a North East native, Carroll grew up as a Newcastle supporter and spent his childhood dreaming of turning out in front of the Gallowgate End. He fulfilled that ambition after graduating out of the Magpies' academy system, making his senior debut at the age of 17. Having been eased into the first-team fold, Carroll burst into life during a season-long stay in the Championship in 2009/10, with a 17-goal return helping Newcastle to the second tier title. His fine form continued the following season, with his strength in the air and hammer of a left foot causing Premier League defences nightmares. Liverpool were suitably impressed by his development and splashed out £35million on his services in January 2011. Things have not gone entirely to plan for Carroll at Anfield, as he has struggled for games and goals, and he joined West Ham on a season-long loan over the summer.

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