Luis Suárez is at the top of his game at the moment. The Uruguayan striker has settled down at Barcelona and is now a member of one of the most potent attacking trios in football history alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Now aged 28, Suárez has clawed his way to the top of the game having started out at Nacional in his home country in 2005 and then moving on to Groningen and then Ajax.
He will be best known to readers in this country for his highly successful spell at Liverpool, where he scored outrageous goals for fun and made fools of defenders on a regular basis.
Of course, his career in England was blighted by several unsavoury scenes but we don’t need to concentrate on that. However, we are going to look at another negative side of his game – his teammates.
Although he is surrounded by world class talent at the Camp Nou, Suárez has been forced to carry some real dross in the past and here is an XI of some of the worst from his career.
Clubs played for: Middlesbrough, Shelbourne, Stockport, Rotherham, Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, Derby, Bradford, NEC, Feyenoord/
In terms of a bloke, Brad Jones seems like a really nice and down to earth individual. As a goalkeeper, though, he was a bit of a disaster, as he always looked unsure between the sticks and played just over 20 games for Liverpool. The Reds released him at the end of last season. He then moved onto Bradford in the summer only to have his contract at Valley Parade terminated by mutual consent in October. He’s currently en route to the Eredivisie title at as first choice keeper at Feyenoord.
Clubs played for: Danubio, Rostov, Groningen, Ajax, Internacional, Cerro Largo
Suárez played with Bruno Silva at Groningen, Ajax and the Uruguay national team, but he is just one of those players that has always flattered to deceive, having struggled to make the grade in Europe. Now nearing the end of his career, he is back in Uruguay but a severe shoulder injury looks likely to derail his playing days earlier than expected.
Clubs played for: Panathinaikos, Agios Nikolaos, Rangers, Frankfurt, AEK Athens, Liverpool, Wolfsburg, Sunderland, Sydney Olympic
We’re not sure what Rafa Benítez was thinking when he snapped up Sotirios Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens in 2009 as the Greek star wasn’t the best defender to begin with. He did put in a few good performances for the Reds in his first few months at Anfield but he quickly tailed off and was sold to Wolfsburg after just two seasons.
Clubs played for: Nacional, Liverpool, Sunderland, Sporting.
In terms of centre-backs, Coates is still quite young but it doesn’t look like it is ever going to happen for the 25-year-old, who is now struggling to make ends meet at a poor Sunderland side. He was massively hyped before joining Liverpool, having been named best young player at the 2011 Copa America, but managed to play just 24 matches for the club in total, before being loaned back to his first club Nacional. He’s currently playing for Portuguese giants Sporting.
Clubs played for: Gueugnon, Vitoria, Porto, Lyon, Valencia, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Porto,Olympiacos.
If you enjoy footballers who run around like headless chickens, look rather clueless most of the time, then look no further than Aly Cissokho, who became something of a novelty hit during his loan spell at Anfield in the 13/14 season, as this highlights package will prove. The Frenchman soon fell out of favour on Merseyside and is now at Olympiacos on loan from Villa.
Position: Central Midfield
Clubs played for: Racing Jet Wavre, Gent, Coventry, Lierse, Anderlecht, Den Haag, Ajax, Roda JC
Coventry City fans might remember Delorge from his unsuccessful spell at the Sky Blues, where he made just 28 appearances for the club over the course of five seasons. Things didn’t get much better for him after leaving England but he was fortunate to play with Suárez at Ajax but played a grand total of five matches for the Lancers. He’s now retired, having called it a day in 2013.
Position: Defensive Midfield
Clubs played for: Holbaek, Schalke, Sevilla, Juventus, Liverpool, Evian, Ajax, Copenhagen
Christian Poulsen was actually quite good before he moved to Liverpool, having played for the likes of Schalke, Sevilla and Juventus but Liverpool fans never took to him. The Dane was seen as the archetypal, mundane, footballer that Roy Hodgson was bringing into the club at the time and he lasted just one season at the club before moving to Evian in France.
Position: Central Midfield
Clubs played for: Liverpool, Leicester, Bolton, Blackburn Rovers
Kenny Dalglish was a fan of Jay Spearing at Liverpool but his star has fallen dramatically. He’s currently playing for Bolton Wanderers at the bottom of the Championship and has zero goals, zero assists and six chances created in 11 games this season. At only 27 years of age, those days at Anfield look like a distant memory.
Clubs played for: Chelsea, Swansea, Parma, Roma, Liverpool, Sunderland
Borini’s spell at Liverpool is hard to remember as the Italian barely got a chance at the club, who he should have arguably left a long time before he finally decided to move on. The striker clearly has potential but he has never applied himself enough and his return to Sunderland hasn’t exactly been fruitful.
Clubs played for: Vojvodina, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lokomotiv Moscow, Standard Liege, Liverpool, Anderlecht.
Liverpool have had many bad forwards during their recent history but we are stumped when trying to find a worst one than Milan Jovanović. The Serbian played just 18 matches in the 2010/11 season and scored only two goals and before being sold to Anderlecht after just one season. He retired in 2013.
Clubs played for: Mallorca, Malaga, Depotivo La Coruna, Newcastle, Ajax, Malaga.
Newcastle fans probably still wake up in cold sweats when the memory of Albert Luque creeps back into their minds. Despite a terrible spell in the North East, Luque secured a move to Ajax in 2007 where he managed to have a changing room bust-up with none other than Luis Suárez. He was fined by the club, frozen out of the side and then sold back to Malaga.