Saints reject, ex-Liverpool target, misses penalty and scores own goal in Europa League loss

Vegard Forren had a time to forget at Southampton - and a night to forget in Norway yesterday.

Norwegian international Vegard Forren was signed by Southampton boss Nigel Adkins in January 2013. But unfortunately for the £4.3 million centre-half he was signed on the exact day that Nicola Cortese decided to let Adkins leave.

Mauricio Pochettino arrived on the same day and since then Forren has not played a single game for the club.

The former Espanyol manager gave many reasons over the next few months as to why Forren was not being given game time on the South Coast.

He wasn’t up to match fitness, struggling with injury, getting in to Premier League shape.

But reading between the lines it seemed clear that the Argentine was not keen on playing the Norwegian at the heart of his back-line.

But Forren did have other options. He was of course invited for a trial at Liverpool in the same week he signed for Southampton.

Forren was on his way to Liverpool for a one week experience at the Merseyside club however when he heard The Saints were willing to sign him without a trial he jumped at the chance - obviously without the knowledge that the man who signed him was to be sacked the very same day.

In the end he left Southampton without playing in January - rejoining Molde for a loss but last night his name appeared again, for all the wrong reasons.

He was culpable at both ends as his side crashed out of the Europa League at the third qualifying round to Zorhya Luhansk of Ukraine.

They lost 2-1 in Norway, but for Forren it could have been a lot different. He missed a penalty AND scored an own-goal in the game as Molde were dumped out by the Ukrainian outfit.

Things may have not got better for Forren then since his South-Coast exit.

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