Liverpool FC have long been blessed with a range of magnificent central defenders throughout their illustrious history, each bringing something to the table of the Liverpool team which helped propel the club up through the divisions or on towards cup glory by performing that most noble and admirable of footballing feats—stopping the opposition from scoring by any means possible.
Tommy Smith, Ron Yeats, Alan Hansen, Gary Gillespie, Emlyn Hughes—the names read like a who's who of defensive greats.
Some were—are, even—elegant, classy and comfortable on the ball. Some thrived most on the aerial duel and physical battles, while some read the game as if it was scripted and they knew exactly where to be and when to be there.
Others, however, have not quite been of that standard.
Some have been rather more of a disappointment.
To go one step further, some should never even have graced the Anfield pitch nor the red of Liverpool FC.
Here are the 10 most disappointing defenders to have played for Liverpool in recent years. The criteria for selection was pretty straightforward—to have played at least half a dozen competitive first-team games, to have been a defender since the inception of the Premier League and who have thoroughly failed to overwhelm the fans and the club in general, either because they had a respectable price tag upon arrival which they did not live up to or because they were just generally so damn bad at the art of defending.