Liverpool is one of the most successful football clubs, and have won the most European trophies among the English teams. They were a force to be reckoned with during the 1970s and 1980s having won 11 League titles and seven European trophies during this period. It’s also among the clubs that genuinely boast a rich history. However, most eras come to an end and by the 1990s, they were already struggling to maintain their previous success. They are yet to win a Premier League title since its inception in 1992. They’ve also only managed to finish second on three occasions with the latest one being in the 2013-14 season. There are a number of factors which have contributed to their recent slump. These include improvements by rival teams, change in management/ownership, and the main reason being bad player signings.
Indeed, some managers made a total mess of their signings. Gerard Houllier can be singled out for his purchase of just about any French player he could find and even Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish made a couple of mistakes. Nowadays, there’s the much disliked ‘transfer committee’ which has been responsible for their recent blunders. Regardless of how many people participated in the process, some of the signings were absolutely shocking and their performance on the pitch turned out to be even more confounding. Some had already proven themselves elsewhere thus fans had high expectations which were shattered in the blink of an eye. Others were always expected to amount to nothing and they certainly delivered on that front while some were just the victims of unfortunate circumstances. Had all these signings been playing at the same time, Liverpool would probably have been in the lower divisions. Here are the players who were absolutely embarrassing when they donned the famous red jersey.
15 15. Torben Piechnik
The defender showed up on Liverpool’s radar after his impressive performance with Denmark in the 1992 European Championship, which they won. He joined Liverpool in September 1992, shortly after the inception of the Premier League. His debut was far from thrilling as the striker he was marking managed to score twice. After 16 league appearances in his first season, he only managed one in the next season.
14 14. Alberto Aquilani
13 13. Bruno Cheyrou
12 12. Jean Michel Ferri
11 11. Jimmy Carter
10 10. Sean Dundee
9 9. Chris Kirkland
He joined Liverpool in 2001 but made only a few appearances for them. He wasn’t necessarily a bad player, he just seemed to have the worst of luck as he was always injured. Even after ousting Jerzy Dudek as first choice goalkeeper in 2002, he couldn’t keep his position as he sustained another injury. He eventually dropped to third in the pecking order after Liverpool signed a new goalkeeper.
8 8. Andriy Voronin
7 7. Antonio Nunez
He is best remembered for being part of the swap deal that sent Michael Owen to Real Madrid in August 2004. Madrid clearly got the better end of the deal as Nunez turned out to be an absolute bust. He actually injured his knee in his first day of training and was out for three months. He did little else when he came back and scored only one goal during his time at Liverpool.
6 6. Fernando Morientes
He joined Liverpool in January 2005 from Real Madrid in a much hyped move. This was due to his impressive goal scoring form at Madrid with whom he had won the Champions League three times. Unfortunately, only the madridistas got to see the best of him. Despite showing some glimpses of his quality, he had trouble finding the back of the net. He was also unfortunate to have been cup tied thus missing out on their Champions League victory that year.
5 5. Joe Cole
He joined Liverpool from Chelsea on a free transfer in July 2010. Steven Gerrard soon claimed he was as good as Lionel Messi, a statement he obviously came to regret. Cole was sent off in the first half in his debut which perhaps foreshadowed how his time at Liverpool would be. He had sustained a lot of injuries during his latter years at Chelsea and was clearly past his best.
4 4. Robbie Keane
3 3. El Hadji Diouf
He is quite possibly the most detestable of the bunch. He signed for Liverpool ahead of the 2002 World Cup, where he went on to impress with Senegal who reached the quarter final. This excited the Liverpool fans who were also pleased with the two goals he scored in his first home game.
2 2. Andy Carroll
1 1. Paul Konchesky
The left back joined Liverpool in August 2010 when Roy Hodgson decided to move with him from Fulham. He turned out to be as confused as Hodgson must have been when he signed him for he never seemed to know where to position himself. The only defending he was involved in occurred when his mum decided to stick up for him on Facebook by calling Liverpool fans scum after another of his poor displays. Not a good idea considering the fans already disliked him.
Kenny Dalglish’s arrival saw him sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest in January 2011, and sold to Leicester City at the end of the season. He is currently on loan at QPR and doesn’t seem any better. The mere mention of his name is bound to give the Kopites more headaches than the memory of Steven Gerrard’s famous slip.
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