A High Court clash between Liverpool and Middlesbrough later this month has been averted after the two clubs reached an agreement over Christian Ziege’s acrimonious transfer to Anfield.
Ziege joined Liverpool for £5.5m (€8.1m) in August 2000, with Middlesbrough accusing the Reds of illegally approaching the defender.
The case was due to come to a head in the High Court on March 22, when Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier was expected to be among the witnesses called.
But that has now being averted, with the two clubs and the Premier League issuing a statement to end the row.
The statement read: “Middlesbrough and Liverpool football clubs announce a satisfactory resolution of the High Court action launched by Middlesbrough against Liverpool and Mr Ziege over the player’s transfer from Middlesbrough to Liverpool in Aug 2000.
“The decision follows discussions between the two clubs and Mr Ziege instigated by the FA Premier League.
“Details of the settlement are confidential and no further comment will be made by any of the parties.”
Ziege left Anfield for Tottenham in July 2001.