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This is not a list of Liverpool’s worst players in terms of ability.

It’s a list of the disappointing players that arrived for huge money and big expectations.

Most disappointing XI's - LiverpoolPlayers that were meant to push the clubs towards the Championship glory but didn’t quite do it as a Red man!
Most disappointing XI's - Liverpool

GK- Chris Kirkland

Seen as a future England number one, Kirkland arrived at Anfield from Coventry City for £6 million in 2001 but only made 25 appearances due to a series of ineffective performances and arguably the worst injury record in Liverpool’s history. He moved to Wigan Athletic in 2006 following a successful loan spell.

RB – Philipp Degen

Whilst at Borussia Dortmund the Swiss full-back was developing a reputation as one of the up and coming offensive players in Europe. Signing him to a four year contact, then manager Rafael Benítez was confident at Degan’s strength going forward would make him a quality addition to the team. He went on to make just seven league starts between 2008-2011 due to an injury record that could rival anyone in the clubs history.

CB – Torben Piecknik

Piechnik was signed for £500,000 on the back of his display during Denmark’s spectacular win at Euro 92 tournament showing excellent man-marking skills against some of the best forwards in the world. Souness could have been forgiven for thinking the Dane was a quality defender. He never looked at home in the Premier League, and after struggling for 24 matches he was released.

CB – Josemi

The rock in the defence at Malaga and was attracting interest from bigger European clubs when Rafa Benítez made him his first signing but the defender made just 16 starts in 18 months at Anfield before being sent to Villarreal as part of an exchange deal.

LB – Paul Konchesky

Brought for 7 million as a replacement for fans favourite John Arne Riise in the summer of 2008 the Italian International was quickly found out due to his lack of pace and pretty awful first touch. He holds cult status at the club for his goal in 4–1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

CM – Alberto Aquilani

Alberto Aquilani didn’t quite cost £25 million just the £17 million. Italian International was bought as a replacement for Xabi Alonso and was expected to bring an extra bit of creativity to the Reds midfield, but injuries meant he did not start a league game until Boxing Day and failed to make an impression. He left the club for Roma in 2012 only making 18 appearances and spent his last two seasons at Liverpool out on Juventus and AC Milan.

CM – Paul Stewart

Partnering Aquilani I choose another failed Souness signing in Paul Stewart, who arrived from Tottenham for £2.5 million in 1992. Stewart could play in midfield or attack but rarely did either successfully, and never truly seemed at home at Liverpool being sent out on loan no less than four times whilst at Anfield

RW – El Hadji Diouf

Following his great display for Senegal during the 2002 World Cup, Gerard Houllier signed Diouf. He went on make 80 appearances and scored only six goals. Personally I don’t think it was his lack productivity but his conduct both on and off the pitch that got him on this list, his all-round attitude that at times was disgraceful and not at all what was expected of a player that pulls on the red shirt.

LW – Joe Cole

I was originally going to go with Jimmy Carter but ended up going with another disappointing winger Joe Cole – Roy Hodgson’s first signing and was seen as a major coup by the club, in a moment of madness Steven Gerrard even claimed Cole was a better player than Messi. Joe only managed 26 games during his 3 years at the club and was shipped out on loan to Lille for the 2011-12 Season.

CF – Andy Carroll

Signed on transfer deadline day in January 2011 for a head scratching £35 million from Newcastle United, Carroll is easily the worst Liverpool signing in the past decade. Another man with so much promise, he arrived at Anfield with many pundits believing that Kenny Dalglish was panic buying due to Fernando Torres’ departure to Chelsea. He made 44 appearances for the Reds scoring just 11 goals or £3.2 million per Goal.

CF – Fernando Morientes

Arriving from Real Madrid for £6.3 million, I think the time Morientes spent at Liverpool can be summed up in one word “puzzling” as his capture in January 2005 was hailed as a coup by the media at the time, but his form soon led to the deterioration of a player who was once one of the world’s most prolific strikers.

Post written by Chris Lappin
Blog: v2journal.com, Twitter: @v2Football

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