10. Djimi Traore
How this man managed to rack up almost 150 appearances for Liverpool is beyond me. He got only one goal from a full-back position and was obscure enough. His 360 degree turn into his own net in an FA Cup tie at Turf Moor in January 2005 was the highlight of his career at Anfield which says a lot about his time at Liverpool.
9. Mauricio Pellegrino
This Argentine defender had played for clubs like Barcelona and Valencia prior to his four month spell at the club. Let’s say that he wasn’t blessed with pace and the thirteen appearances made for the club who won the Champions League in the same year was perhaps 13 too many and he didn’t make the cut for the final. Good job, too.
8. Bruno Cheyrou
Cheyrou was touted to become something big and he was quite promising but as soon as he entered John Lennon airport, all of his talent seemed to be sucked from him. A winning goal in 2004 at Stamford Bridge over Chelsea seems to be his highlight in an otherwise obscure period at the club which spanned two years and brought 5 goals in 48 appearances.
7. Sebastien Leto
Less said about this guy the better. He made sporadic appearances in the Carling Cup as mere back-up and another player who promised so much was soon shipped out to Greek clubs such as Panathinaikos and Olympiakos.
6. Fernando Morientes
Arguably one of the biggest flops to ever grace the hallowed Anfield turf for the home side. A former Galactico in his own right, he was the figurehead of Monaco’s superb Champions League run in 2004, beating Chelsea on their way to a final defeat at the hands of Mourinho’s Porto. Morientes spent just a year and a half at the club, finding the net 12 times in 61 matches, his reputation was in ruins as he went onto play for Valencia and Marseille.
5. Florent Sinama-Pongolle
Florent Sinama-Pongolle, so good they named him double-barred. Nine goals in 66 matches against England’s elite such as Luton Town and Southampton wasn’t the most prestigious goalscoring record around Anfield. The French striker actually appeared for the national side believe it or not, after his 3 million signing and departure in 2006. Playing the full 90 minutes on only four occasions has led to spells at the likes of Blackburn, Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon.
4. Nabil El Zhar
The surprising thing about Nabil El Zhar is how he managed to stay at the club until the summer of 2010. The midfielder’s solitary goal came in the Carling Cup win over Cardiff City says a lot about this man’s poor tenure at the club. 32 intermittent appearances over four years isn’t world beating form at one of the best clubs in the world.
3. Robbie Keane
What a waste of time this was for all of us. Keane joined yet another of his “boyhood clubs” for a super-inflated fee of 19 million in 2008 only to be shipped back to North London just a matter of months later. His seven goals in 28 matches were coupled with the fact that Benitez chose to leave him on the bench or at home altogether towards the end of the brief and troublesome period at Anfield.
2. Alberto Aquilani
Another player who promised so much, gave so little and had everyone wondering what the hell happened. Post-1980’s Liverpool – that is quite common. Aquilani was one of Italy’s hottest properties and a fee of 17 million seemed like it was a bargain but little did Benitez know, he was paying just under a million every time Aquilani set foot on the pitch in the league. Goals against Portsmouth and Atletico Madrid in Aquilani’s agonizingly long spell at Liverpool which is still ongoing despite nobody really paying attention.
1. Andriy Voronin
What a complete and utter joke and as a Manchester United fan, during the fourty appearances made by the little known Ukrainian striker I was laughing hysterically. This is a player who is on his own level of comedy. Somehow he lasted two and a half years at the club, scoring only six goals, scoring most of which against Premier League’s elite (Derby, Sunderland and Blackburn) including goals against Tottenham and world beaters Toulouse. Voronin is on a par with Emile Heskey in terms of fan frustration and how this man managed to pair up with Fernando Torres is beyond me. Utter contrast. Until Torres left for Chelsea, then they became twins.