Liverpool meet Manchester United at Anfield, resuming the rivalry between the two most successful clubs in English football history. However, along the way, there have been plenty of shocking players to take to the pitch and not live up to the expectations of all those who saw them, before disappearing into obscurity, and quite often, never to be heard from again.
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Here is perhaps the best worst eleven made up with flops from either side:
GK- Massimo Taibi
Oddly, the Italian made his debut against Liverpool, and put in a man of the match performance. However, it soon became evident to be an anomaly, as a calamitous error against Southampton – where Matt Le Tissier’s tame shot trickled through his legs – and conceding five times at Chelsea, meant the goalkeeper quickly returned to his home country.
Rafa Benitez’s first signing at Anfield, Josemi enjoyed a brief run in the team, before a red card against Fulham saw his uninspiring spell in the side come to an end. He spent another eighteen months with the Reds, very much as a backup, before leaving for Villarreal.
CB- William Prunier
Probably only Manchester United – and possibly Tottenham – fans have the unfortunate honour of remembering the Frenchman. He made two appearances for Alex Ferguson’s side in the mid-nineties, the second of which was an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Spurs.
CB- Gabriel Paletta
The Argentinian defender joined the Rafa revolution in 2006, signing a four-year deal. But he only saw out one season at Anfield, before leaving for Boca Juniors, having only made three league appearances for the Reds.