It now feels like the subject of a fabled myth, but there was once a time Liverpool splashed out £10million on Senegalese badboy El Hadji Diouf.
The forward’s impressive performances at the 2002 World Cup had knocked out France and pushes Les Lions de la Teranga to a quarter-final – subsequently, then-Reds boss Gerard Houlier saw a star in the making.
But little did the Anfield side know that they had just thrown a double-figure sum at one of the most menacing, detested players the Premier League has ever seen. Seven clubs, countless spitting incidents and allegations of racism, twelve years and only 37 league goals later, Diouf is now a free agent after being released by Leeds United.
Essentially, the 33 year-old made an entire career out of a splatter (or should that be spatter) of decent showings at a major international tournament. Hardly the first player to do so, and undoubtedly not the last.
So before the Mersey outfit find themselves suckered in by another World Cup star who appears to be taking international football by storm, here’s a list of FIVE ‘El Hadji Dioufs of Brazil 2014’ that Liverpool would be wise to avoid.
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