Top 10 worst Premier League signings: Liverpool
OTP revisits some of the transfers that the country’s largest clubs would rather forget…
10. Andy Carroll
Time is still on his side, but after a purchase from the North East for an extortionate sum of money the best thing you could say is that the jury is still out. Didn’t perform too shabbily when called on in the Euros, but needs to transfer that to club level, and sharp.
9. Jordan Henderson
Time is still on his side, but after a purchase from the North East for an extortionate sum of money the best thing you could say is that the jury is still out. Didn’t perform too shabbily when called on in the Euros, but needs to transfer that to club level, and sharp. Yes, exactly the same as above.
8. Anthony Le Tallec
Signed by Gerard Houllier from Le Havre for £3million in 2001, Le Tallec not only never scored a league goal for the club in his seven years at Anfield, but was also sent on loan for five-and-a-half years of that time, probably summing up the fact that he simply wasn’t good enough for the club. Unbelievably, the club still managed to get £1.1million for his services.
7. El-Hadji Diouf
Just a dreadful man, but we already knew that. Liverpool paid Lens £11million for Diouf after he impressed at the World Cup in 2002. But he was sold to Bolton for a £7million loss after just seven league goals in 80 games, and all manner of unsavoury incidents, including being banned for spitting at Celtic fans. Lesson learnt by Liverpool, although many more clubs made the same mistake.
6. Robbie Keane
Keane announced that Liverpool was his boyhood club when he arrived at Anfield (doesn’t he always?). But he soon frustrated the fans by suddenly losing his goalscoring touch so evident when playing for Spurs. Some players cost £1million per league goal (or £3.8million in Keane’s case), but he actually cost them £1million per month, given that he was sold back to Spurs for £12million just seven months later.
5. Stewart Downing
Features higher up the list than Henderson and Carroll for the fact that in his debut season he contributed no league goals and no league assists despite being an attacking midfielder. Given that he did not play a single minute at Euro 2012, a club outside the top six paid £20million for a midfielder from a club outside the top 10, and that player was in danger of getting booed by his own country’s fans for his selection in the squad. Has Downing’s stock fallen irreversibly?
4. Sean Dundee
Ridiculously quick, Dundee proved the point that pace alone will not get you far enough. He arrived at Liverpool from Karlsruhe, where he had scored 35 league goals in the Bundesliga at nearly a goal a game. He stayed at Liverpool for one season, playing three times and not scoring, oddly enough being behind Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. Liverpool did at least get half of their £2million back when they sold the striker to Stuttgart.
3. Bernard Diomede
When OTP thinks of Gerard Houllier, we picture a man sat in the stands at Anfield surrounded by about six other men. But the other men are quite generic; blurry figures with no names. For every season, Houllier seemed to gather an ensemble of supposed world-beaters for a photo op, and you’d never see most of them again. Once such character was Diomede. Signed for £3million in 2000, he made just two appearances for Liverpool. He found his level with some of French football’s less glamorous outfits.
2. Bruno Cheyrou
Gerard Houllier paid £4.5 million for Cheyrou in 2002 and promptly declared him “the new Zidane”. The Anfield faithful soon discovered that the similarities stopped at nationality. After a couple of dismal seasons, he was shipped out on loan by Rafa Benitez for two successive seasons before leaving the club for good.
1. Alberto Aquilani
Joined from Roma for a whopping £17million after Xabi Alonso was sold to Real Madrid. Incredibly, the Italian is still a Liverpool player after three years, two of which have been spent back in Italy on loan at Juventus and AC Milan. Liverpool fans will rightly want to know how their player can get into those sides and yet has only played 18 Premier League games for the Reds. Whether Rodgers gives him a chance or the player and club wish to cut their considerable losses remains to be seen.
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