TTT: Who Was Your Most Disappointing Signing?

By Chris Rowland. After last week’s Symposium took a look at favourite low-expectation signings,  TTT subscriber Dakotadc47 suggested a follow up – the most disappointing signing, one where you did have expectations but they were dashed.  Good idea – and plenty to pick from. Let’s see what the Symposees (TTT copyright) thought. Dave Cronin: This is tough.  To me there are four big contenders: Diouf – A horrible human being and a terrible signing compounded by the fact he was chosen over Anelka.  Hailed as the final piece in our title-challenging jigsaw we slid from 2nd to 5th with Diouf in the team.  Three League goals in two seasons (two coming in his first home game) says it all. Aquilani – Going into 2009-10, much of our hopes for building on the previous season’s title challenge hinged on how well Aquilani would fill the void left by the departure of Xabi Alonso.  It’s safe to say based on our 7th place finish that season that he didn’t do that very well.  Injured for the first half of the campaign and used infrequently in the second, showing unsustained glimpses of quality, his first season left more questions than answers.  His second and third would involve farcical summer sagas culminating on loans here, there and everywhere until he was finally sold for a pittance last summer. Keane – Having always rated Keane when seeing him at other clubs, I was optimistic we’d added the final piece of our title winning jigsaw when we bought him for £20m from Spurs in 2008.  The lesson I quickly learned is that seeing a player in Match of the Day highlights is very different to seeing a player over 90 minutes week-in, week-out.  He was a disappointment generally but I was astonished at how poor his finishing was.  He seemed to just lash every chance at goal with no attempt at precision or consideration of the goalkeeper’s starting positions.  That sort of approach could as easily lead to an impressive goal tally or a poor one depending on luck.  For us, Keane was largely luckless. Carroll – Gutted as I was to see Torres unveiled as a Chelsea player, the £35m signing of Andy Carroll hinted we were not dead yet and, indeed, could expect to be far more competitive under the new American owners than the last pair.  Of course, £35m seemed a high price but the clear message seemed to be that we would pay what it took to get our man and we clearly saw Carroll as our man.  It didn’t work out that way though, did it?  Kenny quickly decided he wasn’t our man and Rodgers couldn’t get him out of the club fast enough. His Liverpool career amounted to a handful of indisputably good performances and a host of disappointingly ineffective ones. And the winner is… Aquilani. This article is for Subscribers only. Member-only content – you need to subscribe to read it ! A subscription costs only £3.50 per month. Find out what you get with your subscription, or Subscribe now.

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Liverpool’s transfer budget affect by European absence: Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted his side’s transfer budget has been affected by their Champions League absence. Brendan Rodgers is finding life in the transfer market tough at Liverpool (Picture: Daily Mail) The Reds have finished outside of the Champions League qualification places for the last three seasons, having to make to with Europa League football instead. And new boss Rodgers believes the lack of top European action is having serious implications on his ability to bring in new players. ‘When you’re not in the Champions League there is a restriction in terms of what you can spend and I know that. I was fully understanding of that before I came in,’ he said. ‘There’s no doubt I want to get the best players I possibly can and that costs money. I am very much conscious of the value and worth of players. There’s no doubt there are top players who have earned every single penny they get but you can also get certain types of players for less.’The former Reading and Watford boss has spent £25million since his arrival from Swansea City, bringing in forward Fabio Borini from Parma, while midfielder Joe Allen followed Rodgers to Merseyside from south Wales. Joe Allen starred for Team GB at this summer’s Olympics (Picture: Reuters) ‘The problem sometimes is there’s a snobbery towards players at a lesser club. It’s an ignorance. You get scouts at a big club who see a young player and think maybe he can’t play. Then he will go to a big club and all of a sudden they want him. It’s about making those decisions earlier,’ he added.‘Look at the squad here and there aren’t too many who have dropped from heaven to play for Liverpool. A lot have come through lower clubs, made their way and now they’re making their name here.’Rodgers has also made steps towards reducing the large wage bill at Anfield, with the likes of Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Craig Bellamy, Alberto Aquilani and Fabio Aurelio all departing the club this summer. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog

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