Celebrating the best Liverpool flops as three more near exits
Fabio Borini could be heading back to Italy, or he may be returning to Sunderland on loan. One thing is for sure, Liverpool sure as heck don’t want him, just like they don’t want Jose Enrique and Mario Balotelli.
According to Spanish full-back Enrique, all three have been outcast from the Liverpool squad by Brendan Rodgers and media reports continue to suggest the trio are up for sale at Anfield.
When they do leave, it’s hard to imagine any of them being labelled anything other than flops, but the question is just how grand have their failures been?
The list of Reds rejects is long and decade spanning, but Ladbrokes News have picked out some of the biggest, alongside whom Enrique, Borini and Balotelli dare to rub shoulders:
A £10m signing from Lens, Diouf bagged a brace on his Liverpool debut against Southampton but produced little else for the Merseyside outfit’s faithful to celebrate.
Diouf became the first Liverpool number 9 to fail to score during a season in the 2003/04 campaign.
The Ukrainian striker managed five Premier League goals in his time with the Reds but proved to be far too slow and cumbersome for the top-flight in his three years there.
Perhaps it was the £35m Liverpool forked out on the Newcastle youth that set the bar of expectation for Carroll, but whether that was fair or not the England man never quite lived up to it.
Injury problems and a sorry scoring record of 11 goals in 58 all-competition games make the towering forward a costly Kenny Dalglish mistake.
Arrived from relegated Blackpool with a reputation, having been earmarked as the best dead-ball taker in the division by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Unfortunately, the Scot couldn’t deliver in a red shirt and lasted just one season at the club before being shipped off to Stoke.
If there needs to a symbol of Roy Hodgson’s dismal reign over the current 8/5 top-four hopefuls, there are few better candidates than the bald left-back, who made just 18 appearances for the club and left soon after the now England boss.
Replacing Xabi Alonso was always going to be a tough task, but Aquilani never spent enough time on the pitch to even attempt it.
Curiously for such a sorry disappointment, the midfielder spent time on loan at esteemed Italian clubs Juventus and AC Milan before joining Fiorentina on a permanent basis in 2012.
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