Liverpool Football Club have had some of the most gifted players pull on that famous red shirt in the past and in the present. Players like Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen have all become Liverpool legends for their achievements at the club.
Without a doubt, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will also join that illustrious list of legends once they finally decide to hang up their boots, and who knows, with a long career at Liverpool, current star Luis Suarez may even go on to become an Anfield great.
But not every player at a football club becomes a legend, instead there are some who become forgotten and those that some fans think, how did he ever wear that shirt?
So which players were never fit to wear the Liverpool shirt? Every Liverpool fan will no doubt have their own opinions on exactly who the worst players were in the club’s history. Players like Bruno Cheyrou, Djimi Traore, Charles Itandje and Igor Biscan may come to mind.
Here are my Top 3:
1. Bernard Diomede – Signed from Auxerre for £3 million in June 2000 by Gerard Houllier, Diomede made his debut against Sunderland where he appeared to score a legitimate goal via an overhead kick, but the referee deemed that it hadn’t crossed the line, even though replays showed that it did.
A promising way to introduce yourself to Liverpool supporters, or so it seemed. Diomede struggled to settle in England and only made 5 appearances in 2 years for Liverpool. Believe it or not, Diomede was a world Cup winner in 1998.
2. Sean Dundee – After an injury to Robbie Fowler in 1998, Liverpool needed to bring in a new striker as cover. Dundee was signed for £2 million from Karlsruher and he came with a decent goalscoring record in the Bundesliga and he was described as a ‘pacy, powerful striker who was as much a threat in the air as we was on the ground’.
That bit was definitely true, he wasn’t a threat in the air or on the ground. The South African only made 3 league appearances for the reds in his one year at the club and he was duly sold onto Stuttgart for £1 million the following year.
3. Salif Diao – After an impressive World Cup in 2002 with Senegal, Salif Diao was one of the most sought after players that summer. Eventually it was Gerad Houllier who won the race to sign Diao for Liverpool for £5 million from French side Sedan. Diao’s career at Liverpool never really took off and he struggled to hold down a regular place in the side.
Houllier described him as ‘the new Vieira’ when he signed him, but he turned out to be anything but. This signing was evidence that you should never sign a player on the back of a major tournament. His constant habit of losing possession was the most frustrating thing for all Liverpool fans and not many people were too disappointed to see the back of him after three terrible years at Anfield.