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Most overrated players we signed that never became good

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Have we ever signed a player that came with bags of potential, labelled as the next <insert world player of that time> only to fall flat in the months and years to come?

 

You can include in the list players who were the finished article and didn't perform for us and young players that were overhyped.

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Aquillani...

 

Also the hype that surrounded Keita before he came here was unreal. He might still come good but so far, meh...

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Er, I hesitate to mention Benteke as Im normally ok with Rodgers and not a basher?

 

And Jimmy Carter maybe? Souey brought him on as a sub one game then subbed him off within about 30 minutes, if I remember right.

 

Might be a bit harsh as well, Alun Evans. Signed as a teenage sensation in front of goal and had quite a decent start to his Liverpool career. Seemed to lose his confidence after a couple of injuries and Keegan's arrival. The rest is history.

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Kewell springs to mind. He was one of the most sought after players in Europe when we signed him - for peanuts, too - but aside from that first season he was mostly shit/injured.

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Mark Gonzales was also highly rated and we had to wait a year, constantly being told he was a speed merchant who would fix our wide area problems only for him not to do anything when he finally arrived. 

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Balotelli deserves a shout, I reckon. I mean I know some of us had our doubts before he signed, but they were mostly related to concerns regarding his propensity for bathroom firework displays etc. I don't think anyone was expecting such consistently terrible football from him, too.

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Kewell was the final piece of jigsaws to end all pieces of jigsaws. Dunno what happened to the lad that broke through at Leeds but he was absolute shite for us. One paced and timid.

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Kewell and Morientes are good shouts. Both looked world class at other clubs.

 

Ziege was a disaster too given how good he'd been before.

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1 hour ago, Duff Man said:

Le Tallec. His best game was a friendly.

He got an assist for Garcia’s beauty at home to Juve in 05 so he’s ok with me!

 

kewell is the obvious one and many have mentioned him already so I’ll pick another number 7 that didn’t live up to expectations: Robbie Keane

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5 minutes ago, Bob Spunkmouse said:

He got an assist for Garcia’s beauty at home to Juve in 05 so he’s ok with me!

 

kewell is the obvious one and many have mentioned him already so I’ll pick another number 7 that didn’t live up to expectations: Robbie Keane

Ha, I forgot about that. He was genuinely boss in that friendly, though. The offal even did a special highlights package of his best bits. Trouble is it was against Crewe, I think, so not the best barometer, but that didn't stop the forums exploding with proclamations of the next Zidane etc.

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El Hadji Diouf - his performances for Senegal at the 2002 World Cup garnered a lot of praise and created considerable hype about his impending arrival at Liverpool. As it transpired, he was one of the most loathsome pricks ever to sign for the club. Spitting at a Celtic fan and a child supporter of Boro, robbing Mellor's debut penalty opportunity, constantly ripping Gerrard and Carragher. The man is, was, and always will be a 24 carat dickhead. 

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Most of Kenny’s later signings, virtually all of Souness’ and an embarrassing number of everyone who followed until Klopp. 

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20 minutes ago, manwiththestick said:

Phil Babb

Babb gave me pause about signing a player off the back of his World Cup performances, Diouf ensured I'll always think it a terrible idea to buy someone hailed as one of the stars of the tournament immediately afterwards. It’s an easy ticket to flushing millions on someone who had never before troubled any sort of “best of” list on account of a handful of good games and will comprehensively fail to look anywhere near as impressive at club level (which is no surprise, given they didn’t look anywhere near as impressive at club level before their summer jaunt).

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