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      Brian78
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      Average players that you liked
      Feb 11, 2019 07:24:58 pm
      Just seen Emike Heskey on sky. Always liked him as a person an was an honest player though not spectacular.

      Got me thinking of this topic. What players who werent top class did you have a lot of time for
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      Re: Average players that you liked
      Reply #1: Feb 11, 2019 07:35:36 pm
      Just seen Emike Heskey on sky. Always liked him as a person an was an honest player though not spectacular.

      Got me thinking of this topic. What players who werent top class did you have a lot of time for

      Got a lot of time for big Emile. He notched 22 goals in all comps in the treble winning season. His hat trick against Derby springs to mind. Good man.

      I recall Erik Meijer giving everything although was pretty useless in terms of scoring goals 😂
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      Reply #2: Feb 11, 2019 07:35:49 pm
      Just seen Emike Heskey on sky. Always liked him as a person an was an honest player though not spectacular.

      Got me thinking of this topic. What players who werent top class did you have a lot of time for

      Erik meijer and titi camara
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      Reply #3: Feb 11, 2019 07:45:52 pm
      Dirk Kuyt
      Paddy Berger
      Ray Houghton
      Steve Finnan
      Stephan Henchoz
      Sean Dundee 😁


      YNWA
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      Reply #4: Feb 11, 2019 07:57:46 pm
      Titi Camara hugely likeable. Some talent as well
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      Re: Average players that you liked
      Reply #5: Feb 11, 2019 08:02:18 pm
      Kevin Macdonald
      Maxi Rodriguez ( where did he go? )
      Christian Ziege
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      Reply #6: Feb 11, 2019 08:11:26 pm
      Maxi Rodriguez ( where did he go? )

      Think he's still kicking in Argentina.

      What was it he got, 7 goals in 3 games or something?

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      Reply #7: Feb 11, 2019 08:19:21 pm
      Think he's still kicking in Argentina.

      What was it he got, 7 goals in 3 games or something?



      The beauty of google tells me he's still playing for Uruguayan club Penarol at the age of 38.
      Great little player he was for us, and we signed him on a free !
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      Reply #8: Feb 11, 2019 08:22:46 pm
      Liverpool wise, Lucas Leiva post Chelsea injury.

      Also Aurelio.

      Other clubs, always liked Tadic me for some reason, even tho he has never did anything of note!
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      Reply #9: Feb 11, 2019 09:03:03 pm
      Loved the wee man Spearing..

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      Reply #10: Feb 11, 2019 09:09:19 pm
      Good thread this.

      There will be loads of good shouts in this thread.  I always loved Momo Sissoko and think we got rid a little too early. No idea where he even went after us!
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      Reply #11: Feb 11, 2019 09:10:11 pm
      Kevin Macdonald
      Maxi Rodriguez ( where did he go? )
      Christian Ziege

      Maxi! Exactly who I was going to say. Not average but didn’t quite hit it for us (or wasn’t allowed) good player!!
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      Reply #12: Feb 11, 2019 09:26:59 pm
      Speedie
      Klavan
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      Reply #13: Feb 11, 2019 11:41:35 pm
      Tough one because many players that I adore and saw as greats maybe considered average by others.
      So to play along I would go with;
      Murphy
      Finnan
      Maxi
      Bellamy
      Heskey
      Kuyt
      Yossi
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      Reply #14: Feb 12, 2019 02:46:32 am
      Kuyt
      Crouch
      Agger

      I doubt anyone would class these as world class, but I f**king loved them when they wore Red!!  Think Klopp would have loved Dirk too....
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      Reply #15: Feb 12, 2019 07:41:34 am
      Forgot Kyriagos!
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      Reply #16: Feb 12, 2019 08:24:25 am
      So so many average players over the last 30 years :-(. There haven't been many I've really disliked apart from a few like Djibril Cisse.

      Always had a soft spot for Kuyt who gave 100% every game but was also incredibly frustrating especially when he first started and played as a striker, so many fluffed shots! Heskey was similar to this, should have been an absolute beast of a player with his power and strength but was just to nice a guy.

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      Reply #17: Feb 12, 2019 08:46:57 am
      When I was a much younger boy, and to my shame, I was a bit of a fan of Neil Ruddock before I got older and realised that adults can be absolute pricks.

      Thought Suso's career at Anfield could have gone a little bit differently with more opportunities.

      Kolo Toure wasn't as bad as a lot of people made out either IMO.

      Recently - Klavan.  Good defender, and in hindsight I think he should have stayed with us this year.
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      Reply #18: Feb 12, 2019 09:31:14 am
      Thinking now, Luis Garcia is one that most people would go for I’d think, given some of the goals he scored for us.

      Other days he was absolute w*nk and the most frustrating player on the park, but he would always be there in the big games.
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      Reply #19: Feb 12, 2019 10:10:39 am
      Garcia
      Kuyt
      Crouchie
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      Reply #20: Feb 12, 2019 10:41:32 am
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      Reply #21: Feb 12, 2019 10:48:49 am
      Jimmy Case .

      Was at the time the only player in the Liverpool team without a full International cap.

      True Scouser from Allerton had a helluva shot on him and scored one of my favourite goals in 77 final v The Scum.

      Local Hero..... a bit more than average.

      Some stuff on him ....

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Case



      Brian Hall was another from the era who went about his job and put a shift in.


      Dirk Kuyt.
      Always gave 100% and sadly was shipped out of Liverpool in the 2012 close season without a chance for us all to say a proper goodbye to him.

      BR appointed 1/6/2012.       Kuyt sold 5/6/2012.
      « Last Edit: Feb 12, 2019 11:08:52 am by MIRO »
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      Reply #22: Feb 12, 2019 10:52:09 am
      Definitely “bang-on-average one season wonder, penalty cheating c**t” Mo Salah.  :action-smiley-035:
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      Reply #23: Feb 12, 2019 10:59:31 am
      Jimmy Case .

      Was at the time the only player in the Liverpool team without a full International cap.

      True Scouser from Allerton had a helluva shot on him and scored one of my favourite goals in 77 final v The Scum.

      Local Hero..... a bit more than average.

      Some stuff on him ....

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Case



      Brian Hall was another from the era who went about his job and put a shift in.

      Two crackers there Miro.

      Bumped into Brian Hall c.2011 when I took my boys on their first stadium tour.

      He was just in filming a segment for the offal. Was about the time he stepped down after being diagnosed with Leukaemia. An absolute gent - was tickled pink we were down from Glasgow.

      Jimmy. Loved him. I’ll let you tell him the title of the thread, mind ;)
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      Reply #24: Feb 12, 2019 11:12:21 am

      Jimmy. Loved him. I’ll let you tell him the title of the thread, mind ;)

      Was well 'ard our Jimmy.  Used to play for Garston Dockers   Blue Union.

      https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/merseyside-hardmen-liverpool-fc-legend-3433299

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      Reply #25: Feb 12, 2019 11:15:30 am

      Wasn’t he just.

      Swears Souey never came near him when they’re were opponents and even less in training!
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      Reply #26: Feb 12, 2019 12:08:08 pm
      Dirk Kuyt
      Paddy Berger
      Ray Houghton
      Steve Finnan
      Stephan Henchoz
      Sean Dundee 😁


      YNWA
      Couple of harsh ones there, Billy!  I'd rate Berger and Houghton as a bit better than average.
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      Reply #27: Feb 12, 2019 12:18:25 pm
      When I was a much younger boy, and to my shame, I was a bit of a fan of Neil Ruddock before I got older and realised that adults can be absolute pricks.

      Thought Suso's career at Anfield could have gone a little bit differently with more opportunities.

      Kolo Toure wasn't as bad as a lot of people made out either IMO.

      Recently - Klavan.  Good defender, and in hindsight I think he should have stayed with us this year.

      Didn't Ruddock break Andy Cole's legs in a pre-season match?

      On topic, I always remember Mark Walters getting the piss ripped out of him every time he did the one trick he knew.
      "Here it comes, here it comes (Walters does step over and runs quick) YAYYYYYY"
      Was funny as f**k.
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      Reply #28: Feb 12, 2019 01:26:15 pm
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      Reply #29: Feb 12, 2019 01:30:18 pm
      Think the answer to this question is personified by Mr Dirk Kuyt, a guy who made the absolute most of his talents and never ever put in less than 100%. A lot of players, far more naturally talented, never made it as far as he did because they lacked his drive, determination and hard work. Model pro!
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      Reply #30: Feb 12, 2019 01:33:00 pm
      Couple of harsh ones there, Billy!  I'd rate Berger and Houghton as a bit better than average.

      I'd and Dirk to that as well. Not top class but a way above average footballer who had that knack of storing in the big games.

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      Reply #31: Feb 12, 2019 03:54:28 pm
      Aquilani!

      I saw someone mencioned Aurelio, but I don't think he was average at all. He had a hell of a left foot.

      Also Joe Allen for me. Especially on his bearded Jesus phase, had some fine cameos.

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      Reply #32: Feb 12, 2019 04:57:53 pm
      Wasn’t he just.

      Swears Souey never came near him when they’re were opponents and even less in training!

      He took Geoff Nulty (Bitters) out the game permanento  in the Derby game 1980 ......and I mean permanento.

      Prescot born Nulty was from my old school Preccy Grammar.
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      Reply #33: Feb 12, 2019 05:10:01 pm
      So so many average players over the last 30 years :-(. There haven't been many I've really disliked apart from a few like Djibril Cisse.

      Always had a soft spot for Kuyt who gave 100% every game but was also incredibly frustrating especially when he first started and played as a striker, so many fluffed shots! Heskey was similar to this, should have been an absolute beast of a player with his power and strength but was just to nice a guy.



      Cisse is in the Liverpool legends squad against ac Milan next month
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      Reply #34: Feb 12, 2019 05:13:19 pm
      Cisse is in the Liverpool legends squad against ac Milan next month

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      Reply #35: Feb 12, 2019 05:27:06 pm
      If your adding Kuyt to the list it would be a very long list as the one thing he wasn't was Average. Speedy was bang Avg.
      David James definitely Avg. The Avg player I did like  was Alec Lindsay not the brightest in the bunch but had a left foot on him his other one was for standing on only
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      Reply #36: Feb 12, 2019 06:14:08 pm
      Wasn’t he just.

      Swears Souey never came near him when they’re were opponents and even less in training!

      ?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4PGY8Rd93M
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      Reply #37: Feb 12, 2019 06:26:22 pm
      Kuyt was an excellent player, certainly not average in my opinion - he would run his heart out for the team, a big reason why we were so difficult to beat in that his work rate was second to none. And he could a couple of goals here and there as well! Along with the likes of James Milner, I would hold Dirk up as an example to every kid who aspires to be something. Both players perhaps not naturally gifted but by sheer effort, determination and application they've hit the highest level and sustained a career there where other, perhaps more naturally gifted players, just didn't have the mentality.

      Average players I liked? Morientes was average when he was with us but overall a superb striker. But his contribution wasn't negligible - I remember him scoring a double against Middlesbrough I think that kept up a superb run of form for us in the autumn/winter of 2005.

      Add Sinama Pongolle to that list as well (come to think of it, our attack wasn't superb that season but each striker chipped in with enough goals to cover for the lack of a 25 goal a season fella). No one can deny his place in Liverpool's history given his goal against Olympiakos (and then he scored against Real Betis the following season which saw us win 2-1). And there was a crucial double against Luton in that crazy third round tie in 2006. We looked like we were crashing out until Rafa subbed him on when we were 3-1 down. Not long after he scores and it's 3-2. Alonso scores a screamer and then he scores again to make it 4-3! And then it was all topped off with Alonso's goal from inside our own half. Crazy, crazy cup tie that was the spark that sent us all the way to Cardiff and Gerrard's heroics.
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      Reply #38: Feb 12, 2019 06:55:00 pm
      Looking back thru the years..Allan Evans came here looking to replace Roger Hunt in 1968. An almost impossible task. Evans was the most expensive teenager in British history at £100,000 when we signed him from Wolves. He had one or two high spots including a hat trick against Bayern Munich.

      Had a few injuries plus was attacked in a nightclub in Wolverhampton. Played 111/33...not a bad return but in truth when all the palaver over his signing died down, he was a very average striker.
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      Reply #39: Feb 12, 2019 07:00:21 pm
      Looking through the list I’m quite astounded how some call some players - average ?!

      Kuyt
      Agger
      Berger
      Houghton
      Lucas
      Case
      Finnan
      Yossi
      Sissoko
      Murphy

      None of them are average players - they may not have been top quality , well I think Kuyt and Agger were , but they certainly weren’t average players
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      Reply #40: Feb 12, 2019 07:05:40 pm
      Dudek, Finnan, Cisse, Baros, Kuyt, Crouch, Toure, Milner, Smicer, Skrtel for me. Nothing special but they all did their job for our shirt.
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      Reply #41: Feb 12, 2019 07:06:54 pm
      Aquilani!

      I saw someone mencioned Aurelio, but I don't think he was average at all. He had a hell of a left foot.

      Also Joe Allen for me. Especially on his bearded Jesus phase, had some fine cameos.

      When Aquilani was here Boots ran out of cotton Wool. Think Rafa realised he's signed a dud and just didn't think he was up to it. Came here in the wake of the Alonso departure.

      Average:

      Below Average: Aquilani

      Crap:
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      Reply #42: Feb 12, 2019 09:45:40 pm
      Kuyt was an excellent player, certainly not average in my opinion - he would run his heart out for the team, a big reason why we were so difficult to beat in that his work rate was second to none. And he could a couple of goals here and there as well! Along with the likes of James Milner, I would hold Dirk up as an example to every kid who aspires to be something. Both players perhaps not naturally gifted but by sheer effort, determination and application they've hit the highest level and sustained a career there where other, perhaps more naturally gifted players, just didn't have the mentality.

      Average players I liked? Morientes was average when he was with us but overall a superb striker. But his contribution wasn't negligible - I remember him scoring a double against Middlesbrough I think that kept up a superb run of form for us in the autumn/winter of 2005.


      Bang on this... well said

      David N'gog... Can't say I like him much though
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      Reply #43: Feb 12, 2019 10:02:57 pm
      I'm still in shock that Our lovely Dirk could be called average. If Danny Agger was average what is class?
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      Reply #44: Feb 12, 2019 11:50:07 pm
      Wasn’t he just.

      Swears Souey never came near him when they’re were opponents and even less in training!

      Not in Soueys league
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      Reply #45: Feb 12, 2019 11:54:46 pm
      Quite like that henderson fella  :couch:
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      Reply #46: Feb 13, 2019 01:27:11 am
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      Reply #47: Feb 13, 2019 02:13:16 am
      Pegguy Arphexhad - for no real reason other than the 2000/01 season where he played all of two games in the League Cup. 2-1 against Chelsea when Heskey got sent off in the last minute of extra time. And the 8-0 hammering of Stoke at the arl Britannia Stadium. He's also got to be one of the few players who has a 100% win record. Six games, six wins. Maybe it's unfair to class somebody with that sort of record as average.

      Vegard Heggem - right backs have always been a firm favourite of mine and I can't really explain why. But for the past nearly 30 years that I've been watching this club, I don't think we've had too many "average" right backs. More solid than spectacular maybe but certainly not average. Then there's good ol' Vegard. We used to have a line of Norwegians coming over on a regular basis and the only one who above average, in my opinion, was Stig. But despite him being, what I consider, average I always like Vegard. He used to go on those mazey runs that would now be considered "an attacking full back". Scored three goals as well, including in both 3-1 wins over Middlesbrough in 98-99 which gives him extra brownie points for me as I despise that club.

      Zak Whitbread - this name might not be too familiar with some as Zak didn't really make any sort of impact with the club. But I remember his debut against Millwall in the League Cup back in 04/05 and I thought he was outstanding that game. It was the game where the Millwall fans decided to rip the seats out of the Den and sing their anti-Hillsborough songs. Ironically, that's where we sold him to. But onto Zak, the player, he just looked like he had it all for a centre half and I don't really remember why it never materialised for him here. People were comparing him to Sami Hyypia when he was in the youth side.

      Ragnar Klavan - I really wanted to put Kolo Toure here but I just can't forgive him for that suicidal pass against West Brom to Victor f**king Anichebe of all people in our run in for the 13/14 League Title. Go on, someone quote this with the reply of Kolo sticking his head round the shower curtain saying sorry. And because of that, I've gone for big Ragnar. He was f**king useless the poor sod at anything that involved the ball at his feet. But as a no-nonsense, hard-hitting, big b***ard he was f**king sound. I'd like our current centre halves to have a bit more of his uncompromising attitude at times.

      Jon Flanagan - yes I know I can't like him any more because he belted his bird in town. But I don't know if we're talking about people we like as people or footballers that we liked (notice the past tense) as footballers. And as a footballer, I loved the way Flanno went about his business because it's the exact same way I would of if I was ever lucky enough to play for the club I love. One hundred percent commitment with less than a quarter of that in actual ability. Flying into every tackle, giving your all and a genuine love for the club.

      Nick Barmby - maybe unfair to call him "average" but in my eyes he was. The fact he played for so many clubs without ever nailing down one shows he was good but not quite good enough. But I still liked Nick, especially for an ex-Bitter. He also scored against them which gives him extra brownie points. I could of thrown Xavier in for the same reason, except I wouldn't put him anywhere near average. A million miles below maybe.

      Momo Sissoko - I know some won't consider him average but let's be honest in the grand scheme of things, he was. But I f**king loved that mad b***ard. He was like the kid in school who never grew up. He'd just chase the ball until he got it back. I just honestly loved watching how much playing meant to him. He was sh*t with the ball at his feet but without it, you couldn't ask for a better player. The player we bought in 2005 would excel in this team right now.

      Jay Spearing - it's no secret on this forum that I always had a soft spot for little Jay. I never felt he ever truly let us down whenever he played. And if Kenny had remained manager than I think Jay would of made close to 200 games for the club. But he was very limited in his ability. He could pick a pass and get stuck in but had very little else to his game unfortunately. His first thought was always forward though, which can't be said for a lot of our central midfielders over the past two decades.

      John Arne Riise - this is probably the harshest to put in this side but it was also the hardest position for me to pick due to the fact that in my lifetime, I've either thought our left wingers to be f**king boss or f**king useless. I could easily name players I thought were average who played that position but I didn't like any of them - Leonhardsen, Kennedy, Riera, Babel, Cole, Jovanovich - take your pick. Or I could easily name players who played there who I did like but they weren't average such as Barnes, Berger, McManaman, Salah. So I've had to plump for Riise. Who, other than a good left foot shot, didn't have much else going for him. Despite his lack of pace, he thought he could outrun every right back by knocking it past him and chasing after it - ultimately failing to catch it. Weren't great defensively or offensively. For me he was probably just above average but the closest to average that I liked. Because I did always have a soft spot for him. When you score the quality goals he did against some of the sides he did then it makes you very likeable in my eyes.

      Karl-Heniz Riedle - again this might be unfair to call Reidle average. He played over 40 games for Germany, so that's not bad for somebody who was "average" but I think by the time he arrived at Anfield he was starting to dwindle down and heading towards the average standard. He still had glimpses of his glory days but they were too sporadic to put him above the average category for me. But I still f**king loved him as a player. He was like Jari Litmanen when he arrived a few years later. That experienced head who helped the younger players advance their own careers. So selfless. His aim was to always help the club win rather than help himself. Chipped in with a few goals while he was here to. Made almost as many appearances from the bench as he did from the start.

      David N'Gog - now this player is probably well below the average bar and he's very lucky to be getting mentioned alongside the likes of Riedle, Riise and Momo. But I did always like him as a player, providing he stayed in the box. I always felt he had a goal in him but anywhere else on the pitch he was f**king useless. But that goal against United puts him fondly in the minds of Liverpool fans as well as a belter against Arsenal on the opening day of the 10-11 season. I dunno, I just liked him.

      Arphexhad

      Heggem Whitbread Klavan Flanagan

      Barmby Sissoko Spearing Riise

      Riedle N'gog
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      Reply #49: Feb 13, 2019 04:42:46 am
      Looking through the list I’m quite astounded how some call some players - average ?!

      Kuyt
      Agger
      Berger
      Houghton
      Lucas
      Case
      Finnan
      Yossi
      Sissoko
      Murphy

      None of them are average players - they may not have been top quality , well I think Kuyt and Agger were , but they certainly weren’t average players

      Saved me so much typing while pissed here.

      I'd add Aurelio as he was a quality player but just always injured.

      Great thread Bri 👍

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      Reply #50: Feb 13, 2019 04:47:31 am
      Nick Barmby - maybe unfair to call him "average" but in my eyes he was. The fact he played for so many clubs without ever nailing down one shows he was good but not quite good enough. But I still liked Nick, especially for an ex-Bitter. He also scored against them which gives him extra brownie points. I could of thrown Xavier in for the same reason, except I wouldn't put him anywhere near average. A million miles below maybe.

      Mate, that goal he scored against that shower after signing for us from them is a really underrated Merseyside derby goal. The fume from them when he came to us and those songs of hate in the derby: "Singing die, die Nicky, Nicky die" to name one and then him scoring that header (I think it was) was f**king great.

      God, I hate Everton.
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      Reply #51: Feb 13, 2019 04:49:08 am
      Christ, three posts on the trot in same thread. Defo pissed here.
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      Reply #52: Feb 13, 2019 04:49:37 am
      Four posts even

      Edit. Five isn't it.

      F**k off. And f**k off Edinburgh with your late bars on a Tuesday.
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      Reply #53: Feb 13, 2019 09:29:51 am
      Pegguy Arphexhad - for no real reason other than the 2000/01 season where he played all of two games in the League Cup. 2-1 against Chelsea when Heskey got sent off in the last minute of extra time. And the 8-0 hammering of Stoke at the arl Britannia Stadium. He's also got to be one of the few players who has a 100% win record. Six games, six wins. Maybe it's unfair to class somebody with that sort of record as average.

      Vegard Heggem - right backs have always been a firm favourite of mine and I can't really explain why. But for the past nearly 30 years that I've been watching this club, I don't think we've had too many "average" right backs. More solid than spectacular maybe but certainly not average. Then there's good ol' Vegard. We used to have a line of Norwegians coming over on a regular basis and the only one who above average, in my opinion, was Stig. But despite him being, what I consider, average I always like Vegard. He used to go on those mazey runs that would now be considered "an attacking full back". Scored three goals as well, including in both 3-1 wins over Middlesbrough in 98-99 which gives him extra brownie points for me as I despise that club.

      Zak Whitbread - this name might not be too familiar with some as Zak didn't really make any sort of impact with the club. But I remember his debut against Millwall in the League Cup back in 04/05 and I thought he was outstanding that game. It was the game where the Millwall fans decided to rip the seats out of the Den and sing their anti-Hillsborough songs. Ironically, that's where we sold him to. But onto Zak, the player, he just looked like he had it all for a centre half and I don't really remember why it never materialised for him here. People were comparing him to Sami Hyypia when he was in the youth side.

      Ragnar Klavan - I really wanted to put Kolo Toure here but I just can't forgive him for that suicidal pass against West Brom to Victor f**king Anichebe of all people in our run in for the 13/14 League Title. Go on, someone quote this with the reply of Kolo sticking his head round the shower curtain saying sorry. And because of that, I've gone for big Ragnar. He was f**king useless the poor sod at anything that involved the ball at his feet. But as a no-nonsense, hard-hitting, big b***ard he was f**king sound. I'd like our current centre halves to have a bit more of his uncompromising attitude at times.

      Jon Flanagan - yes I know I can't like him any more because he belted his bird in town. But I don't know if we're talking about people we like as people or footballers that we liked (notice the past tense) as footballers. And as a footballer, I loved the way Flanno went about his business because it's the exact same way I would of if I was ever lucky enough to play for the club I love. One hundred percent commitment with less than a quarter of that in actual ability. Flying into every tackle, giving your all and a genuine love for the club.

      Nick Barmby - maybe unfair to call him "average" but in my eyes he was. The fact he played for so many clubs without ever nailing down one shows he was good but not quite good enough. But I still liked Nick, especially for an ex-Bitter. He also scored against them which gives him extra brownie points. I could of thrown Xavier in for the same reason, except I wouldn't put him anywhere near average. A million miles below maybe.

      Momo Sissoko - I know some won't consider him average but let's be honest in the grand scheme of things, he was. But I f**king loved that mad b***ard. He was like the kid in school who never grew up. He'd just chase the ball until he got it back. I just honestly loved watching how much playing meant to him. He was sh*t with the ball at his feet but without it, you couldn't ask for a better player. The player we bought in 2005 would excel in this team right now.

      Jay Spearing - it's no secret on this forum that I always had a soft spot for little Jay. I never felt he ever truly let us down whenever he played. And if Kenny had remained manager than I think Jay would of made close to 200 games for the club. But he was very limited in his ability. He could pick a pass and get stuck in but had very little else to his game unfortunately. His first thought was always forward though, which can't be said for a lot of our central midfielders over the past two decades.

      John Arne Riise - this is probably the harshest to put in this side but it was also the hardest position for me to pick due to the fact that in my lifetime, I've either thought our left wingers to be f**king boss or f**king useless. I could easily name players I thought were average who played that position but I didn't like any of them - Leonhardsen, Kennedy, Riera, Babel, Cole, Jovanovich - take your pick. Or I could easily name players who played there who I did like but they weren't average such as Barnes, Berger, McManaman, Salah. So I've had to plump for Riise. Who, other than a good left foot shot, didn't have much else going for him. Despite his lack of pace, he thought he could outrun every right back by knocking it past him and chasing after it - ultimately failing to catch it. Weren't great defensively or offensively. For me he was probably just above average but the closest to average that I liked. Because I did always have a soft spot for him. When you score the quality goals he did against some of the sides he did then it makes you very likeable in my eyes.

      Karl-Heniz Riedle - again this might be unfair to call Reidle average. He played over 40 games for Germany, so that's not bad for somebody who was "average" but I think by the time he arrived at Anfield he was starting to dwindle down and heading towards the average standard. He still had glimpses of his glory days but they were too sporadic to put him above the average category for me. But I still f**king loved him as a player. He was like Jari Litmanen when he arrived a few years later. That experienced head who helped the younger players advance their own careers. So selfless. His aim was to always help the club win rather than help himself. Chipped in with a few goals while he was here to. Made almost as many appearances from the bench as he did from the start.

      David N'Gog - now this player is probably well below the average bar and he's very lucky to be getting mentioned alongside the likes of Riedle, Riise and Momo. But I did always like him as a player, providing he stayed in the box. I always felt he had a goal in him but anywhere else on the pitch he was f**king useless. But that goal against United puts him fondly in the minds of Liverpool fans as well as a belter against Arsenal on the opening day of the 10-11 season. I dunno, I just liked him.

      Arphexhad

      Heggem Whitbread Klavan Flanagan

      Barmby Sissoko Spearing Riise

      Riedle N'gog

      Great shouts in Heggem and Riedle Billy.

      Two favourites of mine as well.
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      Reply #54: Feb 13, 2019 10:43:58 am
      Djimi Traore anyone?
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      Reply #55: Feb 13, 2019 01:31:09 pm

      Saved a ball on the line in Istanbul so definitely.

      Also scored a wonder own goal the same season at Burnley in the cup. Legend.  :lmao:
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      Reply #56: Feb 13, 2019 03:34:52 pm
      Bucking the trend but I couldn't stand Heskey.

      He could and should have been a beast for us but he used to wind me up so much the way he let himself be bullied on the pitch.


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      Reply #57: Feb 13, 2019 03:43:30 pm
      Vegard Heggem is a good shout. Met him on my first trip to Anfield in the press room and he was a good fellow.  Agree with Billy he was better than average, but he seemed a bit too brittle to build an outstanding career.
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      Reply #58: Feb 13, 2019 03:47:57 pm
      Heggem a great shout


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      Reply #59: Feb 13, 2019 04:04:42 pm
      Karius, until he launched the ball in to the net in Kiev.

      Skrtel - wasn't top class but he always scored an important goal. Would get in the starting XI currently.

      Neil Mellor, that Arsenal goal, lovely cushioned header, and the League Cup semi against Warnock's Sheffield Utd.

      Konchesky, Poulson...  :roll:

      Big love for Dirk. Think he was better than average, to be fair to him. His workhorse quality is hard to find.
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      Reply #60: Feb 13, 2019 05:42:26 pm
      Titi Camara
      Bit of a loose cannon Titi, striking looking fella with the bald noggin, had a scurrying kinda running style [something a bit different about it anyway] :)
      Played the day after his Dad died and scored the winner, and cried.
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      Reply #61: Feb 13, 2019 10:18:47 pm
      Crouch, far from a world class player but don’t know how anyone can not like him. Met him on a few occasions at festivals and he’s sound.
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      Reply #62: Feb 13, 2019 10:34:23 pm
      Morientes was average when he was with us but overall a superb striker.

      I was so hyped when the club signed Morientes.
      Still think he was a quality player, maybe just didn't have the pace for the PL.
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      Reply #63: Feb 14, 2019 08:53:31 am
      Arbeloa.
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      Reply #64: Feb 14, 2019 10:32:03 am

      I don’t think he was average - perhaps in an attacking sense.

      Some career.......

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      Reply #65: Feb 14, 2019 01:30:38 pm
      I don’t think he was average - perhaps in an attacking sense.

      Some career.......

      Yep, as an attacking threat.

      Reliable defensively, never had that standout game if I recall.
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      Reply #66: Feb 14, 2019 01:32:30 pm
      Yep, as an attacking threat.

      Reliable defensively, never had that standout game if I recall.

      I always liked him but - like Clyne - he’d be way out his depth in this team / set-up.
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      Reply #67: Feb 14, 2019 02:24:51 pm
      Yep, as an attacking threat.

      Reliable defensively, never had that standout game if I recall.

      Really? I can think of one straight away.

      I remember him having a boss game very early on with us against Barcelona, played LB and had Messi in his pocket all game.

      I’d say he was better than average. Certainly significantly better than that clown Johnson who came in after him.
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      Reply #68: Feb 14, 2019 02:37:44 pm
      Really? I can think of one straight away.

      I remember him having a boss game very early on with us against Barcelona, played LB and had Messi in his pocket all game.

      I’d say he was better than average. Certainly significantly better than that clown Johnson who came in after him.

      That Barca game was pretty much his 2nd or 3rd game for the club as well. Sure he had played in the league just before but that was he European debut

      He was superb that night.. Rafa played him on the wrong side so he could negate Messi coming in on his left foot
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      Reply #69: Feb 14, 2019 11:36:06 pm
      Been having a think about this one and for me it has to be;

      Mark Walters

      I was so excited when we signed him.
      The prospect of him and Barnes operating on either flank had me drooling.
      Mark was a damn skillful player. Could score some great goals and had lots of ability BUT it never worked out as I had dreamt.
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      Reply #70: Feb 15, 2019 12:58:34 am
      Mo Sissoko! He was average in that he didn't have a range of skills. His one defining feature, he would singlehandedly be able to win the ball in midfield off Iniesta, Xavi and Messi. He had a freakish ability to win the ball. His eye injury did for him unfortunately. I fell similarly about Ryan Babel. He had freakish strength, speed and balance which made him unplayable but mentally he was average.
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      Reply #71: Feb 15, 2019 03:53:55 am
      Mamoodoo Sakho ...don't know how to spell his first name, he's at Crystal Palace.

      When we signed him, thought he was going to be a Beast, The French Captain, big mudder f**ker who would make that backline his Bitch.

      I then changed my mind on him after I saw him play a few games, totally had no faith in him, was a calamity waiting to happen. He fu**ed up big time on that American pre season tour and that was the end of his LFC career.

      Had high hopes for him but they were dashed quickly.
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      Reply #72: Feb 15, 2019 04:25:12 am
      Really? I can think of one straight away.

      I remember him having a boss game very early on with us against Barcelona, played LB and had Messi in his pocket all game.

      I’d say he was better than average. Certainly significantly better than that clown Johnson who came in after him.

      Right there, forgot that one when Rafa specifically told him to mark Messi. Been too long to remember much back since I was like just 12 that year. Maybe a change of perspective since then as I would like my full backs to be attacking and defending rather than doing just one thing ala Johnson and Arbeloa.
      « Last Edit: Feb 15, 2019 04:29:27 am by Gill95 »
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      Reply #73: Feb 16, 2019 01:29:41 am
      Mamoodoo Sakho ...don't know how to spell his first name, he's at Crystal Palace.

      When we signed him, thought he was going to be a Beast, The French Captain, big mudder f**ker who would make that backline his Bitch.

      I then changed my mind on him after I saw him play a few games, totally had no faith in him, was a calamity waiting to happen. He fu**ed up big time on that American pre season tour and that was the end of his LFC career.

      Had high hopes for him but they were dashed quickly.


      The old “Beast” moniker.
      I thought he was useless
      He made the occasional last ditch tackle which always seemed to impress some, but to me you only make though tackles because you have already been beaten and have to scramble back.
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      Reply #74: Feb 16, 2019 05:28:49 am
      The old “Beast” moniker.
      I thought he was useless
      He made the occasional last ditch tackle which always seemed to impress some, but to me you only make though tackles because you have already been beaten and have to scramble back.

      Yep. he proved me wrong!
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      Reply #75: Feb 17, 2019 02:15:19 pm
      Mark Kennedy.
      Most expensive teenager in the country when we bought him.
      Absolute wand of a left foot, and I haven't seen many players strike a ball more cleanly.

      Unfortunately, it seemed he had few other attributes, and after a handful of appearances for us, went on loan, and then left.
      He still managed a decent career, but never hit the heights his early price tag suggested he would.

      I didn't follow his career very closely but he got a decent number of caps for RoI, and played for some big clubs.
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      Reply #76: Feb 17, 2019 02:27:56 pm
      Really? I can think of one straight away.

      I remember him having a boss game very early on with us against Barcelona, played LB and had Messi in his pocket all game.

      I’d say he was better than average. Certainly significantly better than that clown Johnson who came in after him.

      I thought Arbeloa was excellent - if anything a greatly underrated player (much like his predecessor at right back Steve Finnan) in defence.

      Likewise - Johnson was a car crash of a defender and one who got too much of a pass. Unfortunately it was signings like that which did for Rafa in the end sadly.
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      Reply #77: Feb 17, 2019 11:05:02 pm
      Dossena.  Scored the fourth in the 4-1 win at the toilet.

      When was the last time we saw two left backs score in the same game?  Aurelio scored on a free kick earlier in that match.
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      Reply #78: Feb 18, 2019 07:20:54 am
      Milan Baros
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      Reply #79: Feb 18, 2019 05:09:01 pm
      My boy Shelvey
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      Reply #80: Feb 18, 2019 05:27:34 pm

      Excellent in desperate housewives
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      Reply #81: Feb 28, 2019 08:24:33 am
      Insua
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      Valdamir, Florent, and Neil. Figure them
      out. What a trio!
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      Reply #83: Feb 28, 2019 09:37:51 am
      Valdamir, Florent, and Neil. Figure them
      out. What a trio!

      Smicer, Sinama-Pongolle and Mellor?
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      Reply #84: Feb 28, 2019 06:08:58 pm

      That’s a great shout actually. Really liked him, think he got too much football too soon and went downhill in the end but he definitely had a lot of potential.

      Anyone know what happened to him after us?
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      Reply #85: Feb 28, 2019 06:12:37 pm
      That’s a great shout actually. Really liked him, think he got too much football too soon and went downhill in the end but he definitely had a lot of potential.

      Anyone know what happened to him after us?

      A few different clubs, then ended up at Suttgart, according to wiki.
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      Reply #86: Feb 28, 2019 06:51:42 pm
      A few different clubs, then ended up at Suttgart, according to wiki.

      Cheers mate, just had a brief look too. Sporting, Atletico before Stuttgart and a handful of caps for Argentina. Glad he worked out having a decent career.

      One that we all loved (mostly based on hype) was Krisztian Nemeth. The hype around him was insane!!
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      Reply #87: Mar 02, 2019 07:45:48 am

      It's a shame, the guy had a lot of potential. His shooting, passing and confidence are fantastic.


      I'd go for Bellamy and Benayoun.

      Not among the best players but I liked it whenever they played.

      Another player I liked a lot was Rodriguez, he could be invisible a whole game but still managed to score or contribute to one goal.
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      Reply #88: Mar 02, 2019 07:48:40 am
      Mamoodoo Sakho ...don't know how to spell his first name, he's at Crystal Palace.

      When we signed him, thought he was going to be a Beast, The French Captain, big mudder f**ker who would make that backline his Bitch.

      I then changed my mind on him after I saw him play a few games, totally had no faith in him, was a calamity waiting to happen. He fu**ed up big time on that American pre season tour and that was the end of his LFC career.

      Had high hopes for him but they were dashed quickly.


      This guy is a mystery. So skilled and talented but once per game he'll make a really silly thing which can cost a goal. He also runs like a giraffe (no offense to giraffes) but he still manages to keep the ball...

      I still cannot understand what happened. For me Sakho is a much more talented player than Lovren or even Matip, but his frequent silly mistakes are not acceptable.
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      Reply #89: Mar 02, 2019 08:46:34 am
      Would say better than average, but Jamie Redknapp. Great player on his day, ravaged by injuries.

      I remember the FA Cup final from 2001, where big Sami, Fowler and Redknapp lifted the trophy together.
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      Re: Average players that you liked
      Reply #90: Mar 02, 2019 09:00:15 am
      Dossena.  Scored the fourth in the 4-1 win at the toilet.

      When was the last time we saw two left backs score in the same game?  Aurelio scored on a free kick earlier in that match.

      That Aurelio goal was a cracker,Manure didn't have a clue  how to defend it.Just one thing didn't that goal come from the right hand side.
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      Re: Average players that you liked
      Reply #91: Mar 02, 2019 10:33:09 am
      Jose Enrique
      Brad Jones
      Albert Riera
      Craig Bellamy

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