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24 June 1978
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1.78 m (5'10")
Luis Javier García Sanz (born 24 June 1978) is a Spanish footballer who played as a winger for Liverpool from 2004 to 2007. He joined Atletico Madrid in 2007, leaving in a deal around £4,000,000.
Garcia was signed by Rafael Benitez from Barcelona for £6,000,000 on 1 August 2004. He made his Premier League debut against Bolton on the 29 August 2004, and his first goal for Liverpool came on 11 September 2004 against West Brom. During his first season at Anfield he scored a total of 7 league goals.
During the 2004-05 Champions League victory, Garcia proved to be a key player, scoring the winning goals against Juventus and Chelsea. His winning goal against Chelsea in the semi-finals would go on to be called the "Ghost Goal" by Jose Mourinho. Garcia hooked a loose ball towards goal, however it was cleared away by Chelsea defender William Gallas as it reached the net, making it unclear as to whether it had crossed the line or not. The Linesman called it good, and Liverpool went on to the final against A.C. Milan.
Garcia did not make quite the same impact during the 2005-06 season. Although he scored some vital goals for the club, injuries and suspensions kept him off the pitch for much of the season. The most notable of which came on January 2007 when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the 2007 League Cup loss to Arsenal. This put him out for the rest of the season as well as much of the summer off season.
In 2007 Garcia stated his desire to return to Spain. His transfer fee was reported to be around £4,000,000 and happened around that same time Liverpool were bringing in Fernando Torres, although the deals were done separately. During his career at Liverpool Garcia scored 30 goals in 121 appearances.
- UEFA Champions League (1): 2005
- European Super Cup (1): 2005
- FA Cup (1): 2006
- FA Community Shield (1): 2006
- No. 24 on 100 Players Who Shook The Kop (2006)
- No. 34 on 100 Players Who Shook The Kop (2013)
- UEFA Team of the Year: 2005
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Luis Garcia career stats at Soccerbase