Retired American international Brad Friedel is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers to feature in the Premier League. He signed for Merseyside giants Liverpool from Columbus Crew in his native United States of America (USA). He was at Brondby in the Danish top flight and at Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray before returning to the Columbus Crew to play for one season. Brad Friedel returned to European football when he signed for Liverpool in 1997.

Liverpool paid £1.7m to secure his signing from Columbus Crew and he went to spend three years at Anfield before joining fellow Premier League team Blackburn Rovers. He had work permit issues upon his transfer to Liverpool. The first request for work permit for Brad Friedel was denied before the second request was granted on December 23, 1997. The American shot stopper didn't make his debut for the Reds until two months later.

Friedel played his first game for Liverpool against Aston Villa on February 28, 1998. He would later represent Villa in the Premier League ten years later. Initially, he was a regular in the Liverpool first team before he lost his place to England international David James and then Sander Westerveld. In total, he managed to feature in over 30 matches for Liverpool in almost three years at the club. Two of those appearances came in the UEFA Cup. In the Premier League, he represented theReds 25 times.

Brad Friedel left Liverpool to sign for Blackburn Rovers under then manager Graeme Souness in 2000. The biggest spell of his career was at Ewood Park where he spent eight years until 2008 making 290 appearances in the league. He was able to establish himself as one of the best shot stoppers in the English top flight during his time at Blackburn Rovers. He went on to play for Villa as pointed out earlier and North London club Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.