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Jamie Carragher 'hunted down' Cameroon manager after new signing 'mocked him' in Liverpool training

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Indeed, on this day in January 1999, Houllier brought Rigobert Song to Anfield as one of his first signings.

When Gerard Houllier arrived at Liverpool, it was set to be the start of a new era at Anfield.

He was the first non-British manager in the club’s history, and the Reds hoped he would have a similar impact on Merseyside as his countryman Arsene Wenger did at Arsenal.

A few months after he took sole charge of Liverpool following the departure of Roy Evans, Houllier would make his first moves in the transfer market.

He started his career in his native Cameroon with Tonnerre, before moving to French club Metz in 1994, where he would spend four years before signing for Italian club Salernitana - six months later, he was at Liverpool.

Song was brought in following his performances for Cameroon at the 1998 World Cup and to provide competition for the likes of Jamie Carragher in the centre-back and full-back positions But Song perhaps wasn't prepared for the fierce fight the Bootle-born defender would put up in order to retain his place at Anfield.

He was limping off it with a grimace an hour later," Carragher said "The first chance I got, I did him.
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