Saturday 1 October 2016

Few surprises in Jamie Carragher's three worst Liverpool signings of modern era

Published 09/03/2016 | 20:15

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has named the three worst Liverpool signings in the modern era and old foe El Hadji Diouf makes an appearance on the unwanted list.

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Diouf arrived on Merseyside after a £10m from Lens in 2002 and had an under-whelming three years on Merseyside. The Senegalese striker has had some strong criticism for the Sky Sports pundit in recent months, calling the Liverpool stalwart a “f*****g loser”.

Speaking at a Q&A today, the former England international was asked on the three worst signings in recent times.

“There's been a few,” he told the audience. “El Hadji Diouf has got to be up there. Alberto Aquilani would have to be up there as well. We spent a lot of money on him. He was signed injured, he left injured and I can't remember him not being injured.”

Carragher also singled out £16m signing Mario Balotelli. Then manager Brendan Rodgers brought the controversial Italian to the club after the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and scored just four goals  before going on loan to AC Milan, where he is cureently in the middle of a season-long loan.

“I can't believe we signed Mario Balotelli,” he said.

“The thing with Balotelli is everyone always says it's the off-the-field antics, but I wouldn't care if he was doing it on the pitch. People tell me he's got talent but I can't remember him having a good game.

“I'm praying with all the money in the Chinese Super League that someone is going to buy him after his loan. I don't think anyone in the Premier League will take him. He has to be No 1 with Aquilani and Diouf.”

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