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Liverpool FC: The 10 Worst Players in Club History

David HendrickContributor IIIAugust 31, 2011

Liverpool FC: The 10 Worst Players in Club History

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    Throughout the glorious history of Liverpool FC, they have been fortunate enough to call themselves home to many world class players, and indeed some of the true greats in football history. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Ian Callaghan, Steven Gerrard, Billy Liddell, the list really is endless.

    Unfortunately, when you take a look back through a list of all the players that have represented the club, there are also some players that aren't great. There are some that aren't even good, and there are some that are just flat out bad.

    In this assignment I was asked to compile a list of the worst 10 players to ever pull on the famous jersey, which is what I have done here.

    I decided not to try and rank them from 10 to one because to be quite honest, it would be giving some of them far too much credit to rank them as highly as the 10th worst player in club history.

    Instead, these are just the 10 joint worst players in club history, all as bad as the next, and none deserving of calling themselves a former red.

    I have also decided to focus on just the last 25 years, as before that Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley were in charge and we all know they never made mistakes in the transfer market.

    I should probably post a disclaimer to let you know that I accept no responsibility for any flashbacks to torrid times caused by reading this article, and on that note...

Nicky Tanner

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    Nicky Tanner was a defender who played for Liverpool from 1988 to 1994 and during that time he made 59 appearances and scored one goal.

    To this day I have no idea how he managed to stay at the club for so long, or sneak his way onto the pitch so many times.

    I can only conclude that Graeme Souness, under whom he made most of his appearances, got confused between him and Barry Venison when watching training and picked the wrong one when naming his team.

    An awful player. Fantastic hair though!

Sean Dundee

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    Oh goodness!

    Liverpool really would have been better off signing Crocodile Dundee, at least he might have been able to rustle up some fancy boots and belts that they could have sold in the club shop.

    Instead they signed Sean Dundee who quite frankly would have been more suited to working in the club shop rather than playing for the team. A shocking player.

Jimmy Carter

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    Proof that even the King makes mistakes.

    Kenny Dalglish signed Jimmy Carter from Millwall for a fee of £500,000, handed him the No. 7 shirt and resigned shortly after.

    Reports that these three events are linked remain unconfirmed.

    Carter lasted only nine months before Graeme Souness sold him to Arsenal at a profit, perhaps this was the first occasion on which George Graham took a bung.

    A player who shared his name with the 39th President of the United States of America. It's probably a toss up as to who was the better footballer.

Erik Meijer

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    The less said about Meijer's footballing ability the better.

    What I will say is that he remains, to this day, a fanatical Liverpool fan and if his footballing ability had matched his love for Liverpool, he would have been world class. 

Torben Piechnik

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    The official Liverpool website doesn't have a picture of Torben Piechnik on his profile page.

    Instead there is a black square with "1990's" in the bottom right hand corner.

    That pretty much describes Torben's time at Anfield. The memory of him cast a black cloud of the entire decade within which he played.

    I had to get this picture of sporting-heroes.net.

    If Torben Piechnik is your sporting hero, you need to find a new one.

Istvan Kozma

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    At least Piechnik got a profile on the official Liverpool site.

    Poor Istvan appears to have been completely wiped from the club's history. Thinking back on his time at the club, it's probably the right decision.

    An awful football player. Whilst researching Mr. Kozma I discovered there was a wrestler of the same name who died in 1970. I think it's possible that he might have been a better footballer than this ex-Red. In 1993, with 23 years of rigor mortis to overcome.

    Again, thanks to sporting-heroes.net for the image, but I really want to meet anyone that calls Kozma their hero. 

Jean Michel Ferri

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    Gerard Houllier signed Didi Hamann, so it's fair to say he had some idea of what a great defensive midfielder was, although signings for Jean-Michel Ferri do invite some second guesses.

    Two appearances totalling just 47 minutes was more than enough time to realize that Jean-Michel was not good enough to pay for Liverpool.

    Nicknamed "The Machine," Ferri was Houllier's first signing as manager. That is the only notable fact about Ferri's time in at the club.  

Abel Xavier

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    More famous for his ridiculous bleached hair and beard than his footballing ability.

    Liverpool signed him from Everton in 2002 for £1.5million. They really shouldn't have.

    He simply wasn't good enough to play for Liverpool and thankfully he didn't last very long before being loaned out to Galatasaray and then sold to Hannover.

Frope Kippe

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    A face only a mother could love, with footballing ability that she'd probably disown.

    He was one of Gerard Houllier's first signings, and combined with Jean-Michel Ferri, it really did give some warning signs to Liverpool fans in regards to Houllier's eye for talent.

    He somehow stayed on the Liverpool books for four years before being sold back to Lillestrom.

    In fairness to him, he has had a successful career back at the club where he first became a professional.

Antonio Nunez

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    Arguably the worst player to own a Champions League winners medal.

    I'm not sure what was worse about Nunez, the fact that he was such a poor player or the fact that Rafa Benitez saw fit to take him as part of the Michael Owen deal.

    The less said about him the better.

A Pause for Thought

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    Having listed those 10 players, I thought I was finished with this article. I thought I had listed the 10 worst Liverpool players of the last 25 years, but something in the back of mind told me I was forgetting someone.

    Something told me I had made a glaring omission. Then I realized who that omission was, and I decided that the 10 players I have listed should not be listed as the joint worst players in Liverpool history.

    They should be listed as the joint second worse players in Liverpool history behind this man. A player who was so bad, the thoughts of him gives me headaches.

    So without much further ado, I give you the worst player in the history of Liverpool football club. Drum-roll please...

Paul Konchesky

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    Some may disagree, but they are wrong.

    Paul Konchesky is the worst Liverpool player of all time, not just the last 25 years, but of all time.

    He might even be the worst player to ever play for a club based in Liverpool and the surrounding areas. By surrounding areas I mean the entire continent of Europe.

    Paul Konchesky, you are the worst player in the history of football.

    Now I need to go and lie down because my head hurts just thinking about him.

The End of This Trip Down Nightmare Lane

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    And that concludes my torturous list of the worst players in the history of our beloved club. I hope it has not caused too much undue discomfort to my readers.

    As always, thank you for taking the time to read this piece, feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.

     

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