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Former Liverpool starlet Medjani making Champions League in-roads at 28

Former Liverpool starlet Carl Medjani is finally playing in the Champions League.

Liverpool fans, remember the name Carl Medjani?

Medjani was a signing from the Gerard Houllier era, snapped up on a free transfer in 2003.

The promising French centre-back reportedly turned down both Arsenal and Manchester United to sign for Liverpool, but he did not get as far as making a single Premier League appearance.

Medjani was just 18 when he made the switch from Saint Etienne, and was at the time a French under-21 international.

Nowadays he can be found playing international football for Algeria, where he has 23 caps.

This summer he sealed a £1.3 million switch from Monaco to Olympiakos, and is playing in the Champions League for the very first time in his career this season.

His first venture did not go so well, a 4-1 defeat to French champions PSG - and was dropped for the next game, a 3-0 win over Anderlecht.

On Wednesday night the 28-year-old was again on the bench, but came on in the closing minutes as the Greeks closed out a 1-1 draw against Benfica.

He has been featuring in the Greek Super League, starting and completing 90 minutes on three occasions so far this season.

Medjani was a French youth international captain in his day and a very promising prospect. He was loaned to Lorient in 2004 by Rafa Benitez when he came in, and the Spaniard quickly decided upon his return he was no longer in his plans, and was eventually sold to the club in 2006.

It is certainly a shame he was unable to fulfil his potential at Anfield, but the fact he is experiencing Champions League football a decade after making his big move, should be nice for Liverpool fans to finally hear.

What do you remember of Medjani and your hopes for him?

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