Liverpool FA Cup hero looks unrecognizable after starting business with Man Utd icon

The 1992 Liverpool FA Cup hero is the co-founder of a media group alongside Andy Cole
-Credit: (Image: Instagram)

A Liverpool FA Cup hero looks completely unrecognizable 32 years from his Wembley goal as Manchester United legend Andy Cole's business partner.

The 56-year-old scored the first goal in the 1992 FA Cup Final, which Liverpool won 2-0 against Sunderland, with the great Ian Rush finishing the game off. The midfielder joined the Reds from Arsenal in 1991, having risen through the youth ranks at Highbury and denying Liverpool the first-division title earlier in the year.

He also scored in the dying seconds of a 1989 clash with Liverpool at Anfield to win the title despite having the same amount of points and goal difference - but the Gunners scored more goals across the season.

A versatile player, who played out wide and even in defense, turned out 162 times for Liverpool between 1991 and 1998 before moving on to Middlesbrough, and Benfica in Portugal, before ending his career back in England with Wimbledon in 2001. He played two times for England, a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia in 1988, and a 2-1 win over Yugoslavia in 1989.

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After retiring, the Reds hero has ditched his full head of hair for a clean-shaven bald look, and in recent years he has even rocked a goatee. He runs Phoenix Sports & Media Group alongside Manchester United and Premier League legend, Andy Cole, with the company designed to advise sports and media stars.

Phoenix Sports & Media Group offers financial advice, which could prove to be valuable to up-and-coming stars, who are exposed to obscene amounts of money at a young age. Cyber security, IT training, and business training are also offered.

Should someone get into investment trouble, Phoenix Sports & Media Group also offers investor recovery support. Have you figured out who it is yet?

Unrecognizable Red: Michael Thomas

Thomas joined Liverpool in 1991
Thomas joined Liverpool in 1991 -Credit:Getty
The midfielder scored in the 1992 FA Cup Final win over Sunderland
The midfielder scored in the 1992 FA Cup Final win over Sunderland -Credit:Getty

It's none other than Michael Thomas! The midfielder spent seven years at Liverpool, making over 160 appearances while winning an FA Cup and a Football League Cup in the 1994-95 season. Thomas is still in touch with football, regularly reliving his past at Arsenal and Liverpool on his social media channels.

He has also done considerable work with the Reds during Black History Month, taking part in an academy talk alongside Liverpool's first black player, Howard Gayle, as well as cyber programs. Thomas is also big into his fitness and posted a workout alongside Dion Dublin.

He was videoed hard at work on an exercise bike. "Another hard workout with the Dublins," he said on Instagram.