We pick an XI with players you may have forgotten signed for Liverpool.
Diego Cavalieri makes this XI after only making one appearance in two years at Liverpool following his move from Palmeiras in 2008. The Brazilian stopper was handed the number one jersey upon his arrival at Anfield but struggled to dislodge Pepe Reina in the Liverpool starting line-up. Cavalieri is now the first-choice keeper at Fluminense.
Liverpool fans may be forgiven if they didn’t realise Spanish duo Antonio Barragan and Mikel San Jose were once on the club’s books. Barragan, who spent the 2005/6 campaign with Liverpool, recently returned to English football with newly-promoted Middlesbrough, following spells with Deportivo La Coruna, Valladolid and Valencia in Spanish football. San Jose is now a highly-regarded figure in Althetic Bilbao’s side, after ending his three-year association with Liverpool in 2010.
Gabriel Paletta endured a season to forget at Liverpool following his move from Banfield in 2006. The Argentine centre-back, who played in the same FIFA 2005 World Youth Championship winning team as Lionel Messi and Sergio Augero, was part of the Liverpool side that was on the wrong end of a 6-3 drubbing by Arsenal. After just eight appearances, Paletta’s time on Merseyside came to an end and he returned to Argentinian football with Boca Juniors. Now a regular at Milan and has also switched nationalities to feature for Italy.
Another FIFA World Youth Championship winner to make this XI is Gregory Vignal. The French left-back was sent out on loan to numerous clubs, including Bastia, Rennes, Espanyol and Rangers, after failing to break into the team ahead of John Arne Riise. Vignal contract would run out in 2006 allowing him to sign for Portsmouth.
As part of France’s 1998 World Cup winning squad, Bernard Diomede arrived at Anfield with an impressive pedigree. However, the former Auxerre winger couldn’t hold down a place in Gerard Houllier’s side and would leave for Ajaccio after clocking up a mere five appearance for the Reds.
Things might have been different for Sebastian Leto at Anfield had off-field issues not blighted his time in English football. Leto made his Liverpool debut in Liverpool’s 4-0 UEFA Cup win over Toulouse, before issues with his work-permit made him unavailable for Premier League games. To the dismay of Rafa Benitez, these problems persisted until the Argentine left for Panathinaikos in 2009.
After being dubbed ‘the new Patrick Viera’, Alou Diarra was shipped off on-loan to French side Le Harve just weeks after arriving at Anfield from Bayern Munich. This encapsulated most of his time at Liverpool, as he spent the following two seasons at Bastia and Lens, until the Frenchman joined the latter on a permanent deal in 2005. Later on in his career, Diarra returned to English football with West Ham United but had similarly forgettable spell.
Daniel Sjolund was part of the deal that saw Rigobert Song move to West Ham in 2000. The young attacking midfielder, who turned heads with his performances in Finnish football as a teenager, would fail to live up to his expectations during his three years at the Liverpool. Sjolund eventually left the Reds for Swedish side Djurgardens IF, where he spent the majority of his career, collecting two Allsvenskan titles in the process.
Milan Jovanovic’s time at Liverpool appeared to be cursed before it had even begun. Reds boss Rafa Benitez agreed a pre-contract deal with the Standard Liege striker, which would see him arrive at Anfield in the summer of 2010. However, Benitez’s departure from Anfield months later cast doubt over Jovanovic’s move, with rumours that he could opt to join Benitez at Inter. The Serbian decided to fulfil his commitment to Liverpool, but it would end up being a goal-shy one-year stint on Merseyside.
Anthony Le Tallec joined in a deal which saw fellow highly-regard French prospect – and cousin – Florent Sinama-Pongelle join from Le Harve. After making sporadic appearances off the bench at the start of his Anfield career, Le Tallec was sent out on loan to five different clubs to gain first team appearance. Unfortunately, the loans did little to progress his opportunities at Liverpool, and he ended his seven-year association with the club by signing for Le Mans in 2008.