Liverpool are one of England’s most clubs. In fact, only Manchester United can boast being more successful than the Merseyside Reds.
Winning a title in the Premier League era has continued to elude them, however, and their last really big trophy came in 2005 when they beat AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League final.
They have fielded some pretty big names over the years, but can’t seem to get the right mix. And it sometimes seems like one or two players are holding them back. Stars such as Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have all graced Anfield, yet they have made some very poor signings as well.
Here are six players they signed in recent times whom they could have avoided.
#1 Alberto Aquilani
The Italian midfielder signed for the Reds back in 2009 from AS Roma, coming in as a highly rated attacker. He was expected to fill the void left by Xabi Alonso, who had just departed for Real Madrid but did very little to suggest that he could be anywhere near as good as the Spaniard.
His first season saw him make just 18 Premier League appearances, and although he dished out six assists, he only scored one goal. He made eight appearances in other competitions and managed one goal on that front as well.
The arrival of Roy Hodgson in 2010 saw him totally fall out of favour at the club, and he was loaned to Juventus at the beginning of the 2010/11 season.
Now 32, Aquilani plays his football at Serie A club Pescara, having represented AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sporting CP after leaving Juve.