Kristian Nemeth- On the steps of Ferenc Puskas!

Kristian Nemeth

Kristian Nemeth is regarded in his homeland as a huge talent. Never has a young hungarian player been subject to so much passion- he is even compared to legendary Ferenc Puskas.



Kristian Nemeth started his career at hometown club Gyori where he played from 2003 to 2005 as a youth player. In 2005 he signed for MTK Hungaria, with whom he scored 18 goals in 37 league games and helped the club to finish as runners-up in the Hungarian National Championship I in 2006-07.

He signed a three- year contract with Liverpool, alongside AndrĂ¡s Simon in the summer of 2007. He is regarded by the club as an upcoming talent and has been tipped for a bright future at the Merseyside club, who state on their official site that "big things are expected of Nemeth." Though he is mostly used as a striker, he often drops into a deeper position during games, where he is able to take advantage of the additional space to make his trademark backheel passes.

Nemeth scored twice on his debut for Liverpool Reserves on 27 November 2007 against Manchester City. A week later, he scored twice again in a 3-0 win against Everton Reserves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. He scored a fifth goal in three games against Middlesbrough Reserves sending Liverpool to the top of the Premier Reserve League North. He later started for the reserves against Sunderland Reserves and lobbed the keeper giving Liverpool the win and sending them five points clear at the top of the league.

In April 2008, Nemeth scored the only goal of the game against Blackburn Rovers Reserves which secured the Premier Reserve League North title. On 7 May, he scored the first goal as the Reserves beat Aston Villa reserves 3-0 at Anfield to clinch the Premier Reserve League national title. He was the Premier Reserve League North Top scorer in the 2007-08 season. His impressive displays in the latter half of the season earned him recognition as Liverpool Fans' Reserves Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season. On 30 July Nemeth was a second-half substitute in Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Villarreal where he almost gave Liverpool the lead but the shot went just over the crossbar. On 2 August Nemeth was introduced as a second half substitute in another pre-season friendly against Rangers. His cross-come-shot was saved on 58 minutes but tapped in by Yossi Benayoun. Then on 70 minutes he was fouled in the penalty area and Xabi Alonso scored the resulting penalty.

Also on 2 August, Hungarian national team coach Erwin Koeman urged Nemeth to go on loan to a Championship club to gain experience. Nemeth rejected the chance to play for League One club Leeds United stating that he wanted to get into coach Rafa Benitez' first team plans. However in the 2008/09 season, he was sent on loan to Blackpool FC where he was unfortunately injured in the first game. Already a fans favourite, the young Hungarian striker is expected to play a part in the First Team campaign of the Premier ship giants in the coming season 09/10.