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Saturday 18 November 2017

Some serious flops in here - It's the worst ever Merseyside Derby XI

Ben Findon

Clashes between Liverpool and Everton might be one of the must-see events in English football but not all the men who have played in it have lived up to the game's reputation. Here is a Merseyside Derby XI which won't be remembered so fondly.

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Richard Wright

Arrived at Goodison Park after an unfortunate season with Arsenal but, after a decent first season, things went downhill, with injuries including a damaged shoulder after falling from his loft and a twisted ankle after colliding with a sign warning players not to warm up in a muddy goalmouth.

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Bjorn Tore Kvarme

Fondly remembered when derby day comes round but, sadly for the Norwegian, mainly by Everton supporters who recall the error that led to Danny Cadamarteri scoring in 1997 with particular relish.

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Alessandro Pistone

A £3million signing from Newcastle who spent seven injury-riddled years at Goodison. Discipline was something of an issue, too, notably the time he found himself in a scrap with Manchester City's Paul Dickov.

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Per Kroldrup

The towering Dane, bought to bolster Everton's Champions League campaign, admitted he could not handle the physicality of the Premier League. His one league appearance coincided with a 4-0 rout by Aston Villa.

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Djimi Traore

How Liverpool won so many trophies with the nervous Malian at the heart of their defence is a mystery that baffles many Koppites to this day. "I know I was not the best but I tried my hardest," said the player who scored one of the top own goals of all time, against Burnley.

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Alberto Aquilani

Signed as a central-midfield replacement for Xabi Alonso but was all at sea in the hustle and bustle of the English game. That was when he was not missing with yet another injury.

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Antonio Núñez

Was the makeweight in the transfer deal that took Michael Owen to Real Madrid. The right-midfielder was hit by injuries, scored just once and was soon on his way.

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Alexander Nyarko

In his first season with Everton, the Ghanaian was infamously confronted by a fan in a 4-1 defeat by Arsenal and asked to swap jerseys, implying he was not fit to wear the Everton kit.

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James Beattie

The Southampton marksman was a near total flop at Goodison Park, scoring just 13 goals in 76 appearances before being sold at a £2 million loss to Sheffield United.

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El Hadji Diouf

Arrived after a successful 2002 World Cup but his antics on and off the ball were most definitely not the Liverpool way. "He has one of the worst strike rates of any forward in Liverpool history. He was always the last one to get picked in training," was team-mate Jamie Carragher's withering assessment.

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Andy Van der Meyde

Made his mark in a Mersey derby by providing the assist in a Dan Gosling goal that eliminated Liverpool from the FA Cup in 2009. Otherwise played only 20 league matches in four seasons as various off-field issues took their toll.

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