Liverpool hopeless XI from 2009 clash v Leeds: Where are they now?
COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Leeds in the League Cup quarter-final at Anfield on Tuesday evening, Football Insider takes a look at what has happened to the Reds’ starting XI since the last time the two sides met in the same competition in September 2009.
David N’Gog score the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win for Liverpool, beating Leeds goalkeeper Shane Higgs with one of his few strikes of a largely forgettable spell on Merseyside.
The Frenchman was not the only member of that side who will be recalled by supporters for all the wrong reasons.
Bar a few notable exceptions, the team fielded by then manager Rafael Benitez will not go down in the Liverpool annals, with many considering it one of the more hopeless in the club’s recent history.
Diego Cavalieri – Struggled to get first team football so returned to his Brazilian hometown Fluminense to become number one there until 2015 after unsuccessful spells at Liverpool and Cesena.
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Fabio Aurelio – Spent six years with the club and was well liked but struggled with injuries. Left in 2012 and retired shortly afterwards.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos – The Greek international was a flop at Liverpool and left after making just 23 league starts in three years. He last appeared for Sydney Olympic in 2014.
Jamie Carragher – Made 737 appearances for Liverpool and became a club legend. He retired in 2013 with seven major trophies and is now one of the most popular Sky Sport pundits alongside Gary Neville.
Philipp Degen – Not had a great career and struggled to play football after leaving Liverpool in 2011. Now retired.
Andrea Dossena – Spent time in Italy before returning to England. Made 15 League One appearances during his final season with Leyton Orient in 2014-15.
Albert Reira – Has been at six clubs since 2010. Currently at NK Zavrc in Slovenia and scored in his first appearance of the season on Monday against NK Maribor.
Ryan Babel – Left Liverpool in 2011 after struggling and joined Hoffenheim. Was released by Turkish side Kasimpasa this summer but was recently handed a six-month deal with Deportivo La Coruna.
Javier Mascherano – Still hugely successful playing for Barcelona and Argentina. Has won 20 major trophies to date.
Jay Spearing – Was tipped to be a bright academy star but never cut it for Liverpool. Left in 2013 and is currently playing in League One with Bolton.
David N’Gog – Left England in 2014 after failing at Liverpool, Bolton and Swansea. Currently plays with Panionios in the Greek League and has scored one goal in eight appearances this season.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp gave this update on injured quartet ahead of Leeds clash.