By Alex Taylor

Jonathan Woodgate has joined the Liverpool scouting team – Twitter has wasted no time in cracking jokes about the appointment.

The Daily Star claim the former Leeds, Tottenham and Newcastle defender will focus on scouting players from Spain and Portugal for the Merseyside giants.

The 36-year-old, who retired from playing after being released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season, was often the butt of the joke during his playing days due to recurring injuries.

Fans on social media seem to have a long memory and here are a few of the reactions to Woodgate’s arrival at Liverpool:

Ex-England man Woodgate signed for Real Madrid from Newcastle in 2004 for £13.4million, but failed to make a single appearance in his first season at the club due to injuries.

His delayed debut for the club against Athletico Bilbao turned things from bad to worse, when he scored an own goal before being sent off for a second bookable offence.

Woodgate was a popular figure during his time at Elland Road, but left the club in January 2003 as the Yorkshire giants attempted to raise funds to end financial difficulties.

He made 124 appearances for Leeds before heading to Newcastle where he continued to shine in his 35 games before his landmark move to Spain.

After that difficult period he returned to England to play for Middlesborough, Tottenham and Stoke before heading back to boyhood club Boro ahead of his retirement.

In other Liverpool transfer news, they will make a last-minute decision on midfielder deal.