Kop Out: 10 Liverpool Players Who Were Less Than Impressive

Dan RogersContributor IDecember 14, 2010

Kop Out: 10 Liverpool Players Who Were Less Than Impressive

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    GLASGOW - MARCH 13:  El Hadji Diouf of Liverpool leaves the field after his incident in the crowd during the Glasgow Celtic v Liverpool UEFA Cup Quarter Final match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on March 13, 2003. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)
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    Every manager signs his share of superstars, and some not so memorable players.

    Unfortunately, in the past decade or so, Liverpool seem to have amassed quite a list of famous flops. So much so it appears, in some cases, that Anfield has a negative effect on some extremely talented individuals.

    Rafa Benitez and Gerard Houllier appear to be the main culprits for throwing money away in recent times.  

    Here are 10 of the most famous Anfield flops.

El Hadji Diouf

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    LONDON - JANUARY 7:  El Hadji Diouf of Liverpool appeals with the referee as he is sent off during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 7, 2004 in London.  (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)
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    Diouf was named African player of the year twice successively and impressed at the 2002 world cup, before he was signed for £10 million.

    His previous form completely eluded him on Merseyside and in three years he netted only three times in 55 domestic appearances.

    His worst run of form came during a 14-month goal drought.

    He was loaned out to Bolton in 2005, who later signed him. Diouf was a hostile and volatile player, with anger issues. In a number of incidents he spat at and abused fans and players alike.

    Good riddance to an awful player and person.

Alberto Aquilani

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    HULL, ENGLAND - MAY 9:  Alberto Aquilani of Liverpool shakes hands with manager Rafael Benitez as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at the KC Stadium on May 9, 2010 in Hull, England. (Photo by Jed L
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    After the disappointing loss of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, Rafa Reassured fans he had the ideal replacement in mind.

    Aquilani joined the Reds for a hefty £17 million fee despite the fact he had a severe ankle injury.

    It was three months before he made his eagerly-awaited first team appearance.

    Fans were highly exited and optimistic about the Italian; however, in his first few appearances he looked distinctly average. Never really breaking into the first team Aquilani continued to disappoint.

    The pace of English football seemed too much for him, and his playing style was nothing like that of Alonso.

    The season ended with Liverpool finishing a miserable seventh in the league.

    New manager Roy Hodgson sent Aquilani on loan to Juventus. It is almost beyond doubt that he will return to Italy full time to ply his trade...oh dear.

Robbie Keane

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    LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 01:  Robbie Keane of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mate Fernando Torres during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven at Anfield on October 1, 2008 in
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    Keane’s Liverpool career can be defined as short and disappointing.

    Signed for £20 million in the summer of 2008 he lasted just six months. His performances weren’t awful and he netted a few crucial goals; but Rafa deemed him surplus to requirements and he was sold back at a loss.

    It is thought that Robbie was intended to be part of a 4-4-2 formation built by Rafa which would include Gareth Barry.

    When Liverpool failed to sign Barry, it was decided that Keane could not fit into the regular Liverpool 4-5-1. 

    The scenario was a great shame. Keane could have developed into a great Liverpool player, after all this is the season they finished second.

    When Torres was injured the Reds struggled to fill the void, could Keane have been the answer? Who knows.

Andrea Dossena

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    LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 08:  Andrea Dossena of Liverpool during the pre season friendly match between Liverpool and Lazio at Anfield on August 8, 2008 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Another Italian who struggled in the Premier League.

    Signed as a replacement for John Arne Risse, who himself moved to Italy,  he found very little form in a Liverpool shirt. Even during periods of injury to first choice left back Fabio Aurelio, unproven youngster Emilano Insua was preferred.

    Dossena did have two defining moments, however.

    Appearing to enjoy scoring the fourth goal of Liverpool domination he did so on two occasions against Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Fernando Morientes

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    LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: Fernando Morientes of Liverpool looks dejectedly at the turf during the last 16 2nd leg UEFA Champions League match between Liverpool and Benfica at Anfield on March 8, 2006 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Lives
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    Although he shares the same Christian name as another Liverpool striker, he did not deliver in the same way.

    Morientes joined the Reds with a fantastic record and with much excitement surrounding him. On an impressive loan spell at Monaco he helped the side to the Champions league final, past his own club Real Madrid.

    At Liverpool he was unimpressive failing to capture any of his previous form. He scored only three goals in his first season.

Ryan Babel

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Ryan Babel of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on November 20, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    One of the flops still in the Liverpool squad, Ryan Babel came to Merseyside with bags of potential. Signed for £11.5 million he was regarded as one of the most exiting young players in European Football.

    During his three years at Liverpool he has steadily gone downhill, as a result he is getting fewer and fewer first team opportunities.

    Now 23, Babel is no longer a youngster and should be developing into a successful winger.

    According to Roy Hodgson he has until January to prove himself.

Djibril Cissé

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    PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07:  Djibril Cisse of Liverpool celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Portsmouth and Liverpool at Fratton Park on May 7, 2006 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)
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    Brought to Anfield via a hefty £14 million transfer fee, Cissé never fulfilled his potential.

    During a freak accident, he broke his leg severely and was out for a lengthy period. Upon return he struggled to maintain his place in the first team due to competition and was moved to the wing.

    This position did not suit him and he was sold to Marseille in 2006.

    Although the accident dented his career with the Reds, his performances before and after didn't really justify the original transfer sum.

Christian Poulsen

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Gary Taylor-Fletcher of Blackpool holds off a challenge from Christian Poulsen during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Blackpool at Anfield on October 3, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex
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    Hasn’t yet been at Anfield for half a season and it is already clear he is a flop; and would be for any club.

    Signed for £4.5 million as a replacement for the solid Javier Mascherano, he has shown the pace of a pensioner and in only a handful of appearances has made some unforgivable blunders.

    What possessed Hodgson to sign this Danish disaster?

Bruno Cheyrou

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 7:  Bruno Cheyrou of Liverpool during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool at Reebok Stadium on February 7, 204 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Dubbed the “new Zidane” by Houllier; Cheyrou was anything but.

    He scored only one goal in his first season and had a couple of poor loan spells before being sold.

    All this for £4 million, money well spent, Gerard!

Antonio Núñez

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    LIVERPOOL , ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  Antonio Nunez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on March 20, 2005 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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    Rafael Benitez’s second signing.

    For a grand total of one goal and poor form, he paid £1.5 million.

    By my math’s that’s £1.5 million per goal, right? Good value.