On This Day - 2006 - Fernando Morientes leaves Liverpool

Pepe Reina and Fernando Morientes on Liverpool victory parade after 2006 FA Cup win

Morientes signed for the Reds from Real Madrid in 2005 but his time at Liverpool was pretty brief as he left in the summer of 2006.

New Liverpool signing Fernando Morientes 2005

There was an element of excitement surrounding the arrival of Fernando Morientes at Liverpool in January 2005. Here was a striker that was scoring goals for Real Madrid and that had won a series of Champions League titles, as well as La Liga crowns and someone that had helped fire Monaco to the Champions League final the season before his arrival on Merseyside.

The reality was Liverpool signed a forward that was unfortunately past his best, even if there were moments of quality during his time at the club, but no one should doubt the impact he made on the club during his time at Anfield.

Liverpool were short of firepower - desperately so when he was recruited. Milan Baros was their main striker getting support from Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor, while Djibril Cisse was sidelined with a horrific broken leg. 

He provided the side with that experienced voice in the dressing room, and gave some players a lift, including the captain Steven Gerrard, who is quoted on the transfer by LFC History saying: "You know you're not taking a risk. It's good from a symbolic point of view that we've signed someone who's so renowned as a world-class player. I just hope, after all the success he's had and trophies he's won, he's as hungry to do the same for us."

Fernando Morientes - Liverpool celebrates his goal for 1-1 with Steven Gerrard against Charlton

His lack of match practice was evident throughout the second half of that season as he only found the net on three occasions. 

The Spaniard showed he had some classy touches in his second season, but was always half a yard short of pace and never really looked like getting up to speed in the English game.

There were flashes of the kind of player that made him a feared marksman - a quick-fire brace against Middlesbrough, a double against CSKA Sofia in the Champions League - and twisting an Aston Villa defence inside out before scoring. 

Fernando Morientes - Liverpool scores his goal for 2-0 against Middlesbrough

He did have some silverware to show for his efforts as the Reds won the FA Cup in 2006. While his record of 12 goals from 61 appearances is not a lot to write home about, his effect as part of the team was perhaps more telling than individual displays. 

He left the club, 10 years ago today, in a £3.1 million deal to head back to La Liga, joining Valencia. 

Pepe Reina and Fernando Morientes on Liverpool victory parade after 2006 FA Cup win

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