The €35m valued Liverpool reject who could shine at the FIFA World Cup

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Gabriel Paletta has been in great form in Serie A for the past two seasons.

The FIFA World Cup is now less than a month away and it is a chance to see the best talent in the footballing world all on show in one month. Not only that, but it is an opportunity for new stars to be born at the competition.

However there is also the opportunity to have a look at players who, for whatever reason, you just cannot believe are playing at this stage.

The rejects that have fought back.

For Liverpool that threat comes from Italian defender Gabriel Paletta.

Snapped up by Rafa Benitez, the young prodigy had shone in an Argentina team containing Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships.

However the 2006-07 season was Paletta’s first and last at Anfield - and he featured just five times for the club. With the arrival of compatriot Emiliano Insua at the club, Liverpool allowed Paletta to leave and he returned to Argentina to play for Boca Juniors - which is where he started demonstrating what Liverpool were missing out on.

Now and out-and-out central defender he got another crack at Europe when Italian outfit Parma came calling in 2010.

Nowadays he is the Gialloblu’s team captain and the centre of much transfer speculation in recent months.

AC Milan were said to be very interested in the player - but Parma rate the player at a hefty valuation of €35 million.

He switched nationalities in March to Italy and made his debut the same month against Spain in a 1-0 defeat.

Potentially set to be used as a full-back by Cesare Prandelli, he has been included in the Italian squad for Brazil. He will come up against Liverpool's star strikers in the group stage as Italy take on Luis Suarez's Uruguay and Daniel Sturridge's England.

He would love the opportunity to face off against the free-scoring attacking force Liverpool possess today, with the hope of proving that Liverpool should have given him more time at Anfield.

First he must force his way into the starting XI during the pre-tournament friendlies and if he does do not be surprised to see him shackle the current Liverpool players in Brazil.

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