Some of the worst players to have ever played for Liverpool
It’s hard to be negative about the current setup at Liverpool after the remarkable campaign we’ve all just witnessed, with the Champions League winning heroes well and truly cementing their place as club legends following their 2-0 win over Spurs in Madrid.
This special side are 13/5 (888sport) to win the Premier League and 5/1 to win the FA Cup, throw in the odds for the Champions League (not yet available) and you don’t need to use a bet calculator to tell you that the odds would be massive for a potential Treble next campaign. Still, the current team has shown that no dream is too big. Under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds are on a beautiful journey.
It hasn’t been all plain sailing in recent times though, with fans certainly having to endure some painful football from players not fit to wear the Liverpool shirt. Sadio Mane has been a fantastic addition, Salah too, Virgil van Dijk arguably even more so, but Liverpool have had their fair share of flops in the past too.
Seeing as things are looking extremely bright at the moment, why not further highlight the amazing progress Liverpool has shown under Klopp by reminding us all of some of the painfully average players Reds fans have had to put up with in the past? Here goes!
A back-up goalkeeper signed on a free transfer from Leicester City in 2000, Pegguy Arphexad made just two appearances for the Reds and looked completely out of his depth when he did feature. Reds legend Jamie Carragher once summed up Arphexad’s time at Liverpool with a superbly put sarcastic response following the news that his fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was leaving his job as manager of Valencia, by Tweeting: “Gutted! This reminds me of when Pegguy Arphexad left for Coventry.”
Iago Aspas arrived at Anfield off the back of an excellent campaign in La Liga with Celta Vigo and a growing reputation in Spain. Sadly, that reputation was battered following his frankly disastrous move to England with Liverpool. Not only is he now known as the player who took the worst corner in Liverpool’s history (see the video below), but the Spaniard failed to score a single goal in the Premier League too. Aspas’ time was eventually brought to an end when he was shipped back to Spain.
Rafa Benitez’s last signing before leaving Anfield, Milan Jovanovic was, simply put, useless. Even the man himself couldn’t describe what he’d bring to the team upon his arrival, saying: "It’s hard for me to tell the fans what I can bring to the team.” He wasn’t wrong, as fans couldn’t tell either! Jovanovic didn’t score a single Premier League goal during his time in England and eventually returned back to Belgium with Anderlecht.
Torben Piechnik Graeme Souness’ time as manager of Liverpool is probably best summed up with the signing of Torben Piechnik. The Danish defender was notably taken off at half-time during Liverpool’s 3-0 loss at Newcastle United, where Andy Cole bagged three goals inside 30 minutes. Piechnik, who came to the club with a decent reputation, failed to deliver.
Not only did Andy Carroll cost the Reds a whopping £35million, but he was on humongous wages too. Carroll was an expensive addition that simply didn’t deliver. In fact, he was miles off delivering. Injuries blighted his time on Merseyside, but he didn’t suit the team’s style of play either. The fact the big man only scored six Premier League goals during his three year spell at Anfield tells you everything you need to know.
Written by Alan Spencer
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