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5. Rigobert Song
While Salif Diao was maligned by Houllier during his time at Anfield, Rigobert Song made enemies with Jamie Carragher.
As acknowledged in the defender’s autobiography, he actively sought revenge for the Cameroonian’s mockery of his talents. "Song walked on to the training pitch with a smile on his face. He was limping off it with a grimace an hour later," the former England international wrote, as reported by the Mirror.
"The first chance I got, I did him. Never have I hunted down a 50–50 tackle with greater appetite."
Song was a brave and determined defender, but the failings that marred his spell with Liverpool ultimately cost him success at a major club, beyond several Turkish titles with Galatasaray.
The defender is a legend in his native Cameroon, however, where he is the nation’s record caps holder (on 137). The former Galatasaray centre-back is one of two players (along with Zinedine Zidane) to have been sent off in two World Cups, and also became the youngest-ever player to see red when he was dismissed as a 17-year-old in 1994.
He featured at four World Cups.
4. Arthur Riley
Only four non-British Isles players have made more appearances for Liverpool than Arthur Riley, putting into context his fantastic contribution to the club.
Arriving at the club in October 1925, he would go on to make 338 appearances for the side over the next 14 years.
Riley was “head-hunted” by the club after an exhibition match between South Africa and the Reds. He was described by a correspondent for the Liverpool Echo [via LFCHistory.net] as such: “the goalkeeper, a tall, keen fellow who has reach, anticipation and a safe pair of hands, is only twenty, but he looks more like thirty-five."
The Boksburg-born stopper was duly signed and served the club with exceptional loyalty, sometimes as first choice and occasionally as deputy to either Elisha Scott or Alf Hobson.
Unfortunately, Riley’s time at the club came during one of Liverpool’s less successful eras—he never finished higher than fifth in the league with the Reds.