John Achterberg

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John Achterberg
Personal information
Full name John Achterberg
Date of birth (1971-07-08) 8 July 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Liverpool (Goalkeeper coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 NAC Breda 9 (0)
1996–1998 FC Eindhoven 38 (0)
1998–2009 Tranmere Rovers 253 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Achterberg (born 8 July 1971 in Utrecht) is a retired Dutch footballer, who played as a goalkeeper for NAC Breda, FC Eindhoven and Tranmere Rovers. He is the goalkeeping coach for Liverpool.

Club career[edit]

Achterberg first signed for Tranmere Rovers in 1998, after a successful trial as a replacement for the Everton bound Steve Simonsen. He was immediately selected for the first team due to an injury to Danny Coyne, making his debut against Swindon Town on 25 September 1998. Achterberg then secured his place as Rovers' first choice goalkeeper after Coyne was transferred to Grimsby Town in 1999. Achterberg became part of the giant-killing cup teams that defeated such opponents as Everton, Southampton and other big teams. Achterberg's proficiency in goal was exemplified by the 20 clean sheets he kept during the 2003–04 season under the stewardship of Brian Little.[citation needed] One of his more memorable performances was against Millwall in an FA Cup quarter final at The New Den which was televised on BBC 1. The game finished goalless, but was largely dominated by Millwall and John managed to save a penalty kick from Kevin Muscat, despite having to play through injury.

Achterberg's 2005–06 season was less successful. After spending most of the season sidelined with injuries, he was replaced by Steve Wilson and Dino Seremet, who was on loan from Luton Town. Achterberg's chances of re-establishing himself as Tranmere's first choice goalkeeper in 2006–07 were hampered by the signing and good form of veteran journeyman Gavin Ward.[citation needed] Later in the season, an injury to Ward gave Achterberg a chance, but a re-occurrence of his own injury problems saw him sit out the closing months of the season.

Achterberg's contract expired in May 2007 and he was released by Tranmere on 25 May. This resulted in uproar from many Tranmere fans, who believed that Achterberg deserved a testimonial match, despite him falling just short of the ten years' service usually required to earn a testimonial at a club. On 31 May, however, he was given a two year coaching and player contract with Tranmere. Achterberg made his 300th Rovers appearance in the opening day game of the 2008–09 season against Swindon Town. Achterberg had his testimonial game in 2009 for Tranmere against an Everton XI.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing/coaching in 2009 with Tranmere Rovers, Achterberg joined Liverpool FC in June 2009 as a goalkeeping coach of the reserve and academy goalkeepers before being promoted to first-team goalkeeping coach in summer 2011.[2]


  1. ^ "Rovers 0 Everton 3". 1 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "John Achterberg: ‘Liverpool FC move is a dream’". Liverpool Echo. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 

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