Take a seat and prepare yourself Liverpool fans for…Sean Dundee.
Ah, yes. Sean Dundee. He really was quite terrible, wasn’t he?
Now, that might sound like a fun little rhyme to kick things off but, much in the same way that sweet little block of cheese presented to an ambitious mouse precedes the utter misery of having his head lopped off by a spring-loaded metal bar, that jolly jingle is misleading.
Before his ill-fated move to England, Sean Dundee was quite the revelation in Germany. Following an impressive start at TSV Ditzingen where he scored 24 goals in a single season, he earned a big break with Karlsruher SC.
He may have been remembered for his distinct lack of goals in the Premier League, but boy oh boy did he bag in Germany. Dundee finished joint second top scorer behind Fredi Bobic in his first season with an impressive 16 goals before beating his record by one in his second term.
His record was enough to buy him a ticket to England, Liverpool the unfortunate suitors.
“I had three options,” he says. “Rangers, Gladbach and Auxerre. Guy Roux, the legendary French coach, was Auxerre manager, and I was on the verge of signing for them, but I wasn’t 100% sure.
“Then I got the call Liverpool were interested and I threw everything else out of the window. It happened pretty quickly; probably not even a week from hearing about it, it was pretty much signed and sealed.”
Indeed, we think it is very, very safe to say that everything happened incredibly quickly for Dundee at Liverpool. He arrived quickly, fans realised he was absolutely awful quickly and he left, you guessed it, quickly. After just four games and 49 minutes, to be precise.
Injury woes and attitude problems are often considered the reasons behind the striker’s failure, which he himself has admitted.
“It’s easy to blame different people, but I wasn’t fit enough when I went there,” Dundee told Planet Football. “That was my first mistake, I had to catch up a little bit. When I did get fit I got injured and that was it.
“When Roy left my time there was over. Gerard didn’t want me. He didn’t want a lot of other players either. You have to accept that. I knew I had to leave.
“In the time I was injured my biggest mistake was doing a lot of gym work, and that slowed me down. I thought pumping iron was the thing to do, but I should have worked on other things.”
Having swapped ability for biceps, with a grand total of zero goals in the charity minutes he was handed at Liverpool, Dundee was left out of the pre-season squad and essentially forced to move in 1999.
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