Jermaine Pennant, the man who quite frankly never deserved to slip on the famous red shirt.
It’s a tell-tale sign of your ability (or lack of) as a player when fans remember more about the madness of your personal life than your on-field escapades. Jermaine Pennant was one such character.
To this day, bad boy winger Pennant remains the only footballer to wear an ankle bracelet while playing in a Premier League match for former club Birmingham City, which is pretty impressive when you think about it (in all the wrong ways, of course). Quite how that little nugget enticed the Liverpool boardroom remains to be seen.
So what exactly is there to say about the maverick? Well, as you can probably imagine, nothing particularly good. A decent goal against Chelsea was about as good as it got for the Englishman, as well as – believe it or not – a decent performance in a Champions League final when Liverpool came up against AC Milan.
Yes, that’s right: the man who might have just ended his career with sixth-tier side Billericay Town and an appearance on ITV’s recently axed Jeremy Kyle once turned up in the biggest game European football has to offer.
Generally speaking, other than the aforementioned, of course, there really wasn’t much going for Pennant. His attitude stank and fell well behind what was expected from a Liverpool star, and his playing ability was, well, painfully average at the best of times.
Season both these fundamental flaws in character with the fact that he cost Liverpool an estimated £6.7million (per BBC Sport) when he joined on a four-year deal from Birmingham City in 2006 and you’ve got yourself a full-fledged flop on your hands.
Liverpool fans, what are your standout memories of Jermaine Pennant? Are you feeling like we’re being a little harsh? Let us know in the comments below…
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