Liverpool's £35 million signing of Andy Carroll will go down as one of the league's worst ever transfers.
The forward failed to get close to living up to his price tag following his January 2011 switch from Newcastle United, and the man who signed him, director of football Damien Comolli, was later fired along with manager Kenny Dalglish.
Carroll struggled to stay fit during his stay on Merseyside, a problem which has blighted him since his £15 million summer sale to West Ham, but he was healthy enough to feature against Liverpool yesterday.
The striker was in the thick of the action during the Hammers' 1-2 defeat to Brendan Rodgers' side, who kept their lead at the top of the table thanks to two Steven Gerrard penalties.
And after the game, Carroll paid his former side a compliment by describing them as 'this season's champions'.
We were unlucky not to get something today against this seasons champions— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) April 6, 2014
Carroll won an impressive 11 aerial duels against Liverpool during his side's loss, but completed just 59 per cent of his passes.
Those are statistics which encapsulate his talent, but also why, from a possession point of view, he was not the sort of player which was a fit for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, with Daniel Sturridge (82%) and Luis Suarez (72%) superior in this area.
His positive words about Liverpool will no doubt be thankfully received, and no doubt manager Sam Allardyce may share his view the Hammers was unfortunate not to claim a point against the Reds.