Seven years after Liverpool rejection ex-trialist impresses at Anfield

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Wilfried Bony bagged two goals at Anfield this afternoon in the 4-3 loss to Liverpool for Swansea City

Liverpool played out a thriller against Swansea City this afternoon - in a 4-3 loss that saw a few Liverpool rejects in action against their former employers.

David Ngog entered the fray late on - while Jonjo Shelvey impressed - scoring a superb effort to bring The Swans back into the game at 2-1.

What you might not know is that while these two are better known for their Liverpool past - the other goalscorer for Swansea is also a Liverpool reject of sorts.

Wilfried Bony started his career with his home nation club Issia Wazi - but in 2007 he was invited over to have a trial at an English club - Liverpool.

He spent a week at Melwood as a teenager in 2007 but did not do enough to impress the staff at the club - who passed on the opportunity to keep hold of him.

He went on to sign for Sparta Prague and from there his career has sky-rocketed.

He banged in goals in the Czech Republic before moving to Holland with Vitesse Arnhem. Last season he bagged a whopping 37 goals in 36 appearances for the Gelredome side - and Swansea splashed out £12 million to secure his services in the summer.

He has not disappointed, with 19 goals in 36 appearances - although todays goals were his first Premier League goals in England since his arrival in South Wales.

If life had panned out differently Bony might have been playing at Anfield already - coming through the youth system to star.

But seven years after Liverpool decided to pass on the youngster, like they probably do with dozens of young pretenders every season, he got his chance to shine at Anfield and did so with two goals.

It wasn’t enough to earn a famous win - but he contributed to an excellent game of football, and he finally got to make his mark on the hallowed turf of Anfield.

image: © Vincent Teeuwen

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