Liverpool’s XI of their worst signings of the last ten years

As a Liverpool supporter I would be inclined to say that over the last ten years we have had more disappointment than happy times. But when you look at this team you will realise just how bad it could have been, we should all feel relieved that these lot never played together for Liverpool.

GK: Charles Itandje

When Itandje signed for Liverpool he said “At Liverpool there is a very good keeper (Pepe Reina) who has been there three years. I am clearly going to be number 2. But, there are 60 matches a season and it is planned that I will play the League Cup and FA Cup.” For his first season he did in fact play in the domestic cup competitions and in the 2007-08 season made seven appearances. However his Liverpool career took a turn for the worst when complaints were made about Itandje’s behaviour at the 2009 Hillsborough memorial, where he was seen laughing and behaving ‘inappropriately’ during the service. He didn’t make another appearance at reserve or first team level for Liverpool.

RB: Javier Manquillo

After being signed pretty much out of nowhere on a two year loan deal fans would have been excused to expect him to feature more through the season. Particularly given the fact that we had the option to sign him after the first year of the deal. In the first half of the season he featured sixteen times however only made three appearances after the New Year, and subsequently his loan deal was cut short. If you have to be cover to Glen Johnson it probably wasn’t going to happen for you at Liverpool.

CB: Gabriel Paletta

He spent just one season at Liverpool and never looked good enough for the first team, even at a young age. So one year and just eight first team appearances later he returned to his native Argentina. However since then his career has improved and he has even made three appearances for Italy, down to his impressive performances at Parma.

CB: Sebastian Coates

Another South American centre-back that never looked good enough for the Liverpool team. Signed in 2011 for £7 million, he never lived up to his price tag (unless you count his acrobatic bicycle kick against QPR). A more suitable way to remember Coates is more like his debut game against Spurs, which we lost 4-0. Although still not reached his peak he doesn’t look cut out for the Premier League, and currently struggles pretty much every week for Sunderland.

LB: Paul Konchesky

One of the worst things to happen to LFC during my time supporting the club. His two most memorable moments as a Liverpool player are his mother’s Facebook rant about ‘scouse scum’ and how we were cruel to her son, who was never good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as our club, and him being ironically cheered by Liverpool fans when he got subbed off.

Javier Manquillo: Rarely started despite being signed by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014.

DM: Christian Poulsen

Although not a terrible player he wasn’t good enough for Liverpool and after being signed by Roy Hodgson in August 2010 he only lasted until January 2011 in the first team as Hodgson was sacked. His successor Kenny Dalglish preferred young midfielder Jay Spearing.

DM: Alberto Aquilani

You might have forgotten about Aquilani by now, I wouldn’t blame you, he didn’t manage 30 appearances during his two full seasons at the club. He was originally signed as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, but apparently our scouting team didn’t realise that he never liked playing as a holding midfielder and instead preferred to play in behind the striker. He wasn’t terrible in his first season but injuries ruined his time at the club and for £17 million he can only be remembered as a flop.

AM: Charlie Adam

After scoring twelve goals for Blackpool the season before we signed him £6.75 million looked a bargain, but he was, once more, another player who wasn’t cut out for Liverpool and never really found his feet at the club. He managed to bag himself a few goals and a League Cup winners medal during his one season (although he missed his penalty in the shootout) and was sold for around £4 million the season after.

Charlie Adam: The challenge at Liverpool proved too much for the Scotsman despite impressing for Blackpool.

RM: Jermaine Pennant

£8 million. For Jermaine Pennant. £8 million. I don’t get it. He scored that one goal, you know the one, against Chelsea, crossbar and in. That was really his only standout moment in a below average two and a half seasons at Liverpool, for the last six months of his contract he was loaned out to Portsmouth and at the end of the season was let go on a free.

LM: Stewart Downing

Another player who we overpaid for massively, £20 million for 91 games and only seven goals. He finished his first season (2011-12) with no goals or assists in the League (this guy is a £20 million winger). He also became the first player in seven years to miss three consecutive penalties in the Premier League.

I couldn’t choose just one striker so Aspas can be a sub.

CF: Mario Balotelli

During the summer of 2014 Suarez had left and Brendan Rodgers was searching for a replacement striker, up steps the enigma that is Mario Balotelli. Signed for £16 million he has so far played 28 games for us and only managed four goals. Not quite what you expect from the guy who has to replace probably the best number nine in world football. Not only was he terrible on the pitch but Rodgers stuck with him which left Rickie Lambert with less game time and he was subsequently sold. I’m sure I couldn’t have been the only one who thought Lambert would be a better option at times during the season?

Mario Balotelli: Was a panic buy & a flop at Liverpool, who was envisaged to be a replacement for Luis Suarez by Brendan Rodgers,

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Written by Liam Grimshaw (@LiamGrimshaw)

 

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