10 Footballers You Completely Forgot Played For Liverpool #SuperCup

Not every Reds player can be quite like Steven Gerrard.

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Liverpool have enjoyed quite the resurgence in recent years under Jurgen Klopp.

A sixth European Cup for the Reds was secured just a few months ago and they are already off to a fine start in this season’s Premier League campaign, demolishing Norwich City on Friday 4-1.

Klopp has been efficient in the transfer market during his time with the club, and while big money has been spent on the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker, it’s safe to say those two players have been a roaring success at the club thus far.

Unfortunately for some players who grace the Anfield turf things don’t quite work out for whatever reason, and there’s a whole host of ex-Liverpool men who only the most hardened of football fan will remember.

Legends like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are synonymous with the club in the Premier League era in particular and are often lauded as two of the greatest in league history.

The same can’t be said though for every player to don the famous red jersey of Liverpool, and it’s safe to say the club has had its fair share of forgettable faces.

10. Alberto Aquilani

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Italian midfielder Aquilani was brought into Anfield as what the club hoped would be a ready made replacement for the departed Spanish international Xabi Alonso.

They couldn’t have been any wider of the mark in their assumption and prediction though, as Aquliani simply never got to grips with the pace of the English game.

Signed for a mammoth fee at the time of around £20m, the pressure to replace Alonso seemingly weighed on the mind of the former Roma midfielder, and only 18 Premier League appearances followed in a two year spell on Merseyside.

Loan spells back in Italy with the likes of Milan and Juventus helped Aquilani rebuild his career to an extent, before a permanent switch to Fiorentina enabled him to really get his flailing career back on track.

It was a case of what might have been for Aquilani during his spell with Liverpool and fans who do remember him are often left wondering just what went wrong for the Italian.

9. Bruno Cheyrou

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Cheyrou arrived in Liverpool off the back of a superb season with French club Lille, with plenty expected of the attacking midfielder.

Manager at the time Gerard Houllier drew comparisons between Cheyrou and French World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane, so the pressure was instantly ramped up on Liverpool’s new recruit from the very start.

It proved to be a bad comparison and move in general from Houllier, who sat back and saw Cheyrou disappear into obscurity during his time at Anfield after failing to produce anything like the form he had shown in France.

Only 31 league appearances and a measly two goals were all Cheyrou had to show for two seasons in the Premier League, and he was shipped back to France as he sealed a move to Rennes.

He’s gone on to rebuild his career somewhat back in his homeland but there is little question his time on Merseyside is not something which will live long in the memory for the right reasons.

8. Rickie Lambert

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Everyone in football couldn’t help but be delighted for Rickie Lambert when he made the move to Liverpool back in 2014.

Released from Anfield as a youngster, Lambert built his career back up through the lower leagues with spells at clubs like Rochdale and Bristol Rovers, but it was his time with Southampton which shot him into the limelight.

The Saints stormed from League One to the Premier League with Lambert leading the line to the tune of 20+ goals a season in both the second and third tier. It didn’t stop there for Lambert either, as he netted regularly for Southampton as they cemented their place back in the top flight.

His dream move back to Liverpool then was expected to be a massive success, but whether he shrunk under the pressure or simply ran out of steam, Lambert only had two goals to show for his time on Merseyside.

The striker lasted only one season with his boyhood club before making a move to West Brom.

7. Sean Dundee

A name who even the most die hard Liverpool fan might struggle to remember much about, striker Sean Dundee simply never looked like ever producing the goods for the Reds.

After firing in over 60 goals in the Bundesliga, then Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier parted ways with a small fee to bring in the South African to bolster a strike force already containing the likes of Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.

The Premier League proved a step too far for the young striker and he made only a handful of appearances without hitting the back of the net before moving back to Germany with VFB Stuttgart.

Houllier made some good and bad signings during his time as Liverpool manager, but Dundee will go down as one of the more forgettable faces to put the famous red of Liverpool on.

6. Tom Ince

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Pacey winger Ince was highly regarded by Liverpool when he broke through as a youngster, and had the advantage of having former Reds midfielder Paul Ince as his Dad.

Despite this, Ince proved to be quite the awkward character during his time with the club, and along with his dad, made plenty of noise off the field without ever really making an impression on first-team proceedings.

A solitary appearance in the League Cup was as close as Ince ever got to forcing his way into the first XI on a regular basis and spent time with his Dad down at Notts County as he looked to get regular football under his belt.

While Liverpool wanted to keep Ince and offered him a new deal, the father/son duo were once again vocal in their thoughts and subsequently turned down the deal, as Ince joined Blackpool on a free transfer.

5. Steven Caulker

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A player who is easily forgotten as ever wearing a Liverpool shirt, Caulker moved to Anfield in January 2016 on a short-term deal.

Caulker had made his name playing for QPR but after seeing his contract cancelled, he made a temporary move to Southampton, before cancelling that deal with the Saints and opting to sign for Liverpool.

Predominantly a defender, Caulker didn’t actually play a minute for the Reds in defence and was instead used as an emergency striker in all three of his appearances with the club.

He didn’t last long with the Reds and didn’t get a move back into football for some 18 months later as he signed a deal with Dundee.

Caulker is currently plying his trade over in Turkey, but will go down as one of the forgotten men of Liverpool’s history and subsequently a player who never quite achieved what he would have wanted in the English game.

4. Jack Hobbs

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Hobbs was snapped up by Liverpool after catching the eye at Lincoln City as a teenager, with plenty of expectation placed on his head following his move to Anfield.

Despite a four-year spell with the club he managed only a couple of appearances for the Reds and ultimately was never given the chances to impress on a regular basis.

Loan spells with Scunthorpe and Leicester City followed, and his form with the Foxes was enough to convince the future Premier League title winners to bring Hobbs in on a permanent deal.

From there Hobbs would have a fine career predominantly in the Championship as he impressed for both Hull City and Nottingham Forest and remained a regular fixture in the second tier for a number of seasons.

There is nothing wrong with the career Hobbs given his success at other clubs, but it takes a long hard dig in the memory bank to picture Hobbs in a Liverpool shirt.

3. Darren Potter

Rangey midfielder Darren Potter is a well known commodity to fans of lower league football, having carved a fine career at clubs like Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves.

Over 200 appearances for the MK Dons have ensured Potter has had a superb career in the main with nothing to be ashamed about, but it’s easy to forget his actually made his start with Liverpool.

He never made a Premier League appearance but can look back fondly on being a feature of the Liverpool side which so famously won the Champions League back in 2005 as they produced their famous comeback against AC Milan.

Potter only made a handful of appearances in the red of Liverpool after coming through the academy and despite never quite making it for the Premier League giants, he can still be proud of a very astute career in the game.

2. Paul Jones

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A 50-capped Welsh international goalkeeper would normally be someone who is well remembered at a big club, but in the case of Paul Jones and Liverpool, it’s hard to picture.

Jones made his name with Southampton where he made just shy of 200 appearances .

However, with Liverpool in the midst of a goalkeeping crisis back in 2004, Jones made a short-term move to Anfield and was thrust into the action on a couple of occasions.

Well into his 30’s at the time, Jones became one of the oldest debutants to ever pull on a Liverpool kit before continuing his career with the likes of Wolves and QPR.

Liverpool have had some fine goalkeepers over the years who will be well remembered. While Jones won’t be well remembered due to his short time with the club, he was still a quality stopper and would have been more than capable of manning the sticks if he was required for a longer stint.

1. Mauricio Pellegrino

Best remembered in England for spending a year in charge of Southampton, it is so easy to forget that Pelligrino actually donned the Liverpool shirt back in 2005.

Remarkably, he was around the club when they won the Champions League in 2005, despite not being part of the squad due to being cup-tied.

He made less than 15 appearances for the Reds during the course of the campaign before moving to Spain with Alaves and heading into retirement not so long after.

A full Argentina international who made just shy of 150 appearances for Spanish giants Valencia, it’s not very often players of this calibre are easily forgotten about at clubs.

There’s a question of what might have been for Pellegrino had he moved to the Premier League a few seasons prior as age and injury ultimately caught up with him.

Both his spells in England as both player and manager have not quite panned out, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pellegrino on a similar list to this when it comes to Southampton managers in the future.

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