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5 April 1976
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1.86 m (6'1")
Fernando Morientes Sánchez (born 5 April 1976) is a retired Spanish international footballer. He played for Liverpool from 2005 until 2006, when he signed for Valencia.
Morientes signed for Liverpool on 13 January 2005 for £6,300,000 from Real Madrid. The Spanish forward expressed joy about the move, saying "I am excited about playing for Liverpool and it's the biggest decision of my football life." Manager Rafael Benitez hinted that Morientes would be used in tandem with Milan Baros, saying "He is not the quickest but he can play with Baros and they could form a good partnership because one is good in the air and the other is quick."
Morientes was thrown into the Liverpool team immediately, making his debut against Man Utd on 15 January 2005 in a 0-0 stalemate. He scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt on 1 February 2005 against Charlton. The striker largely failed to live up to his reputation as an instinctive goalscorer - managing just three goals in 15 appearances in the 2004-05 season. The following season was similarly disappointing, where he only managed five goals in 28 outings.
After failing to impress in his spell at Liverpool, he returned to Spain - joining Valencia on 25 May 2006 for £3,000,000. Morientes managed just 12 goals in 61 appearances.
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- Fernando Morientes career stats at Soccerbase