Video: Former Liverpool ‘keeper Diego Cavalieri hits contender for worst penalty ever

Diego Cavalieri spent two years at Anfield as understudy to Pepe Reina and was responsible for a dire spot-kick miss in his native Brazil this week.

Liverpool fans may still be smarting over their shock 2-1 FA Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Aston Villa, but Reds supporters can at least console themselves that things are going a lot worse for one former Anfield star.

Diego Cavalieri may not be a household name to many of the Merseyside persuasion, but there was a time when the Brazilian goalkeeper was regarded as one for the future of the club.

Rafa Benitez shelled out £3 million to bring the ‘keeper to Anfield from Palmeiras in the summer of 2008, with the aim of providing competition for Pepe Reina.

But despite carving out a fine reputation in his homeland, Cavalieri struggled to displace the Spaniard and made just 10 first-team appearances in two seasons at the club.

Frustrated at a lack of opportunities, then-Reds manager Roy Hodgson allowed the goalkeeper to leave, with the Brazilian signing for Cesena.

After a short stint in Italy, Cavalieri opted to return to Brazil and has been a mainstay of the Fluminense first-team ever since with over 120 appearances to his name.

In that time, the goalkeeper has also managed to earn three caps for Brazil and was part of the Confederations Cup squad that lifted the trophy in 2013.

Yet for all his achievements in Brazil, his most notable to date may have come this week with Cavalieri responsible for one of the worst penalty misses of all time.

Facing off against against Botafogo in a Cariaca 1 match that went all the way to extra-time and eventually spot-kicks, the former Liverpool man’s effort was high, wide and not very handsome.

Hitting the penalty in much the same way he would approach a goal kick, we don’t expect to see the Brazilian among the takers the next time Fluminense are facing a shootout.

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