Liverpool's top five worst players of the past five years, including Balotelli and Carroll

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli looks dejected

The gates of Anfield have played host to a number of unsuccessful players. We pick our top five.

Liverpool fans v Chelsea 2005

Over the years, Liverpool have possessed a number of players that could arguably be regarded as some of the worst in the club's history.

For every amazing player brought in, there are probably double the amount of those who simply could not make the grade at Anfield, for a number of reasons.

Creating a list of some of the worst to put on the famed Reds shirt is a tough ask, but these five players were so glaringly bad that they almost stand alone.

Here is our list of the top five worst Liverpool players of the last five years:

Liverpool's Andy Carroll (R) in action with Wolves' Roger Johnson

5. Andy Carroll

Poor Andy Carroll. So much was expected of the England international when he made the move to Liverpool from Newcastle for a then-British record transfer fee of £35m in 2011.

But the 27-year-old faced an uphill battle from the start, waiting two months to make his debut and simply failing to reproduce the magic that enticed the Reds in the first place.

His debut season was a failure, and he found himself at West Ham on loan for the 2012-13 season, making the move permanent a year later.

In hindsight, Liverpool should never have splashed such an exorbitant amount of money on a player who was far from the finished product, and its a signing that will live long in the memory as one of the worst in the club's history.

4. Aly Cissokho

Aly Cissokho had caught the world's attention during spells at Lyon and Valencia as a player with fantastic pace and sound defensive abilities. At Liverpool, the Frenchman left a lot to be desired.

Joining the club on a season-long loan from Valencia in the 2013-14 season, Cissokho was the half the player he had become at his former clubs, and was to prone to mistake after mistake, soon becoming the butt of many a joke among Liverpool fans.

Evidently, he wasn't suited to life with one of the Premier League's top clubs and now plies his trade with Championship side Aston Villa.

3. Iago Aspas

Iago Aspas was one of Brendan Rodgers' worst signings. Having signed from La Liga side Celta in 2013, the Spaniard arrived with a reputation as a goal-getting striker.

Alas, in 15 appearances in all competitions that year, most of them coming from the bench, Aspas scored just once.

He is now remembered for gifting Chelsea their second goal in the match that effectively killed Liverpool's title challenge in the 2013-14 season. A terrible signing all around, then.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action with Hull's Tom Huddlestone

2. Mario Balotelli

What is there to say about Mario Balotelli that hasn't already been said?

The 26-year-old was brought to the club by Brendan for £16 million in 2014 after the departure of Luis Suarez, and looked every bit the panic buy that he was.

The controversial Italy international failed to adapt to Rodgers' style of play and managed just four goals in a bitterly disappointing debut season at the club.

Shipped out to Milan on loan last season, Balotelli was immediately informed by manager Jurgen Klopp that he has no future at the club this summer, before joining French outfit Nice on a free transfer.

Balotelli was a failed experiment, whichever way you look.

1. Paul Konchesky

Paul Konchesky was the living embodiment of Roy Hodgson's short-lived tenure at Liverpool.

Brought in by Hodgson from Fulham, the former England international just wasn't good enough, failing to cope with the pressure of playing for one of the Premier League's giants.

Most notably, his error against Tottenham which led to Aaron Lennon's winning strike in 2011 was heavily criticised and he was ironically cheered off the pitch when he was substituted against Wolves.

Over the past years, Liverpool has not seen a worse player than Konchesky.

Paul Konchesky - Liverpool

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