Liverpool do not have a great record when it comes to recruiting Italians to the Reds’ cause.
From Alberto Aquilani and Andrea Dossena through to Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli, the Anfield faithful have seen their fair share of Azzurri flops over the years.
But one of the lesser known of those Italians has been back among the headlines in Serie A this week after a blunder so bad it’s likely to feature in football blooper reels for years to come.
Daniele Padelli did not play much for Liverpool – his Premier League career was limited to just a single appearance on the final day of the season against Charlton – but he did make something of an impression.
Loaned to the Reds from Sampdoria for the season, the Italian’s only game in the English top-flight was one to forget, with the ‘keeper directly at fault for both goals in a 2-2 draw with the Addicks.
Come the end of the campaign, Padelli found himself returning to Italy where he would spend the following year on loan at Pisa.
Spells at Avellino, Bari and Udinese followed before the Italian established himself as first choice keeper at Torino.
That status could be subject to change, however, after the 29-year-old was involved in a clanger of truly epic proportions.
Collecting a back-pass from full-back Mario Rui, Padelli let the ball run across him before attempting to pass it out wide to the right with his left foot.
Instead, the ball trickled into the goalkeeper’s net for an own goal that appeared eerily similar to Peter Enckelman’s famous clanger for Aston Villa against Birmingham City a few seasons back.
All this from the man who was the first Italian to ever play for Liverpool.
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