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The third Liverpool summer signing on this list, Stewart Downing has the potential to become one of the biggest flops in Anfield history.
After an impressive last season at Aston Villa, Downing arrived at Liverpool with a reputation as one of England’s best wingers, despite an overinflated transfer price of £20 million.
Due to his crossing ability, he was hailed as the last puzzle piece in the Liverpool jigsaw, the signing to unlock Andy Carroll’s potential.
With zero goals and zero assists in all of 35 league appearances, he has been more underwhelming than Anfield’s last great wing flop, El-Hadji Diouf, who did record two assists in 25 appearances in the 2003-2004 season.
Epitomizing Liverpool’s wastefulness and profligacy in front of goal this season, Downing has not shown the pace, dribbling, creativity and mentality to succeed at Liverpool week in, week out.
If Kenny Dalglish loses his job at the end of the season, Downing should also be worrying about his own Anfield future.