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£7million Liverpool flop axed for Gattuso and goes back to Benitez

Andrea Dossena has been bluntly told he does not feature in Palermo's future plans. Now he returns to work under Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

Rafa Benitez certainly had some hits as Liverpool manager but he would also admit pretty openly that he had some misses as well. That was ever apparent in the transfer market; and Andrea Dossena was certainly one of the misses.

When Liverpool signed him however for the price they paid it certainly did not seem a bad deal. A current member of the Italian national team and a versatile full-back specialising on the left-hand side - he was the perfect replacement for the recently departed John Arne Riise.

But things never truly got off the ground for Dossena during his 18 month stint at the club. He made just 18 Premier League appearances for the team and despite some memorable moments such as goals against Real Madrid and Manchester United in the space of a week he never made the grade ahead of competition from Fabio Aurelio and Emilliano Insua.

So he was flogged to Napoli in January of 2010 with the hope he could resurrect his career back in his homeland.

Until recently that seemed to be the case. In the 2011-12 season for example he featured in 41 of Napoli’s games in a successful season but last campaign he slipped down the pecking order and only featured in seven Serie A fixtures before being loaned out to Palermo on loan until the end of the season with the view to a permanent arrangement being made at the end of the campaign.

However Palermo found themselves relegated as they failed to recover from an awful start to the season.

And the Sicilian club have already began preparations for life in the second tier with former Juventus front-man Nicola Amoruso taking over as sporting director and ex-AC Milan and Rangers midfield general Gennaro Gattuso set to become the new manager in the coming days.

But Dossena is clearly not part of their plans. Amoruso spoke of the future direction of the club on Wednesday and had this to say:

“We need to quickly return to the top flight and we want to do that with Gennaro Gattuso as the new Coach. We need to build an important squad for him, but Dossena certainly does not feature in our plans for the Palermo of next season.”

That leaves Dossena on the verge to returning to work with Rafa Benitez once again after the former Chelsea interim boss took over at the Stadio San Paolo from Inter Milan-bound Walter Mazzarri.

He will have to hope his second stint working under Benitez goes better than his first if he is to save his rapidly declining career.

What are your memories of Dossena?

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