Liverpool’s transfer policy in the 21st century has been a mixed bag.
On the one hand, there are players like Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Sadio Mane.
But on the other hand, there are the likes of Andy Carroll, Alberto Aquilani, Andy Carroll, Paul Konchesky (how? Why?), and the man we have dubbed the worst signing in Liverpool’s history.
El Hadji Diouf is up there with the most detested players in the Premier League era. He was one of those players who was booed by fans from all corners of the country for his gamesmanship, aggression and abrasive personality.
Signed from Lens on the eve of the 2002 World Cup, Diouf managed to whip Liverpool fans into a frenzy of excitement with his stellar performances in Japan and South Korea.
But the player who was eventually shipped out of Anfield by Rafa Benitez didn’t look like half the player who helped his side reach the quarter-finals.
He even managed to score twice on his debut against Southampton. But what followed was an utterly abject part of his career in terms of his performances.
He only scored once in the 28 games that followed his debut, and failed to register a single goal in his second and final season at Liverpool.
After struggling through the middle, Gerard Houllier played him on the wing, which proved even more fruitless.
His most famous moment of his time at Anfield came when he spat at a Celtic fan in a UEFA Cup tie in 2003. Fans (and very probably his team-mates) were glad to see the back of him when Benitez sold him on to Bolton.