Ex-Liverpool stars with weird jobs since retiring – like running a fishing lodge
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Punditry and coaching are the most common post-retirement career paths for modern day footballers after hanging up their boots.
However, not all former players choose such careers once they have finished playing and instead choose to work away from football entirely. This applies to a number of ex-Liverpool stars who have opted for weird and unique jobs in the years following their retirement, including running a fishing lodge and becoming a tattoo artisit.
With that in mind, Daily Star Sport looks at six former Reds players who have had weird jobs since they retired from professional football.
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Norwegian defender Vegard Heggem was forced to call it quits on his playing career by a serious injury after five years at Anfield.
After retiring, Heggem returned to his hometown in Norway and became a salmon fisherman along the river Orkla. He has even set up a lodge on the river near to the farm he grew up on and also acts as a consultant on wild Atlantic salmon management and conservation.
On his career change, he told Liverpool's club website in 2016: "I’ve got a passion for fishing, in particular salmon fishing, so the idea of opening a fishing lodge seemed like a great idea. I can’t imagine a better job now than being host for fishermen from all over the world that come here to hunt for Atlantic salmon."
Djibril Cisse scored 24 goals in 79 appearances for Liverpool between 2004 and 2007 but, like Heggem, had his career disrupted by injuries.
A hip problem caused him to retire in 2015 before briefly returning a year later. Since ending his career for good, the Champions League winner has found success as a DJ with one of his songs even racking up over a million plays on Spotify.
Cisse previously committed himself to his new job by saying: "With the same passion, I will devote myself wholeheartedly to my career as a DJ, producer and consultant, as well as developing my clothing brand."
A team-mate of Cisse's for Liverpool's Champions League win in 2005, Vladimir Smicer has had a different career path since retiring in 2009 at the age of 36.
Smicer instead opted to pursue a career in politics and ran to be a Member of the European Parliament in 2014 for Czech party Order of the Nation. His campaign promises included a plan to lower the rates of childhood obesity in his native Czech Republic.
Having failed to be elected, Smicer missed out on the chance to work alongside Nigel Farage in the European parliament in Strasbourg.
Rob Jones was just 27 when a knee injury forced him to hang up his boots in 1999, admitting the way his career ended made it difficult to return to Anfield.
However, Jones went on to find a new passion alongside his wife Sue, becoming a successful businessman and launching the Kids Academy Nursery Group two years after retiring.
The couple have since expanded their business as far as the Middle East and built nurseries and homes for children all over the world.
The third member of Rafael Benitez's Champions League-winning team to appear on this list, Jerzy Dudek was the penalty shootout hero against AC Milan in Istanbul.
Dudek went on to call it a day at 38-years-old in 2011 but chose to stay in sport as he looked to retain the adrenaline and action he experienced as a goalkeeper. The ex-Poland keeper turned to motor racing to fuel that fire, having competed in go-karting as a child.
"You need passions in life – they are what keep you going," he said in 2016 after signing up for the Volkswagen Castrol Cup. "Motor racing gives me a lot of joy and I’m loving it."
Former Liverpool and Denmark defender Daniel Agger has been dubbed the "world's most tattooed ex-footballer" since retiring in 2016.
That distinction may mean it will come as little surprise to fans that Agger has since studied tattooing and is now a member of Tattoodo, one of the largest tattoo parlours in the world.
Agger has balanced his passion for tattoos with a coaching career as well, though, having been appointed manager of Danish second division side HB Koge in 2021 and he remains manager to this day.
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