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:
Former England defender Jonathan Woodgate who knows both the English & Spanish leagues becomes scout for English club in Spain. Madness!
— Dan Crosby (@actualdancrosby) August 11, 2016
I guess Jonathan Woodgate might make a good scout. He spent a lot of time watching games from the stands after all.
— Thomas Jones (@tomj191) August 11, 2016
Hoping Jonathan Woodgate's injury record doesn't rub off on our defence! #LFC
— Klopp Of The League (@mjsportfan) August 11, 2016
Jonathan Woodgate will be scouting the worst hamstrings and best own-goalscorers in Spain, Portugual and England. #goLFC
— Stefan Adonis (@stefanadonis) August 11, 2016
Jonathan Woodgate has joined Liverpool as a scout?
I hope he's done his First Aid badge by now
— steve b (@cfcMode) August 11, 2016
— AJ (@MrT_AJ) August 11, 2016
Is it possible for Jonathan Woodgate to score an own goal and get sent off in his first game as scout for us?
— Paul Schofield (@schofey27) August 11, 2016
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.
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