Roy Hodgson’s 7 Liverpool signings – and what happened to them next
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It is incredible to think how far Liverpool have come in the last decade.
Just over 10 years ago, Roy Hodgson was appointed manager and, presiding over a squad that was barely above mid-table… but was promptly sacked in January 2011.
He made seven signings during the summer of 2010 for a combined fee of £28million, failing to improve a weak squad and paying the price just six months into his tenure.
Liverpool were 12th in the league and a mere five points off the foot of the table. It was the club’s darkest hour of the 21st century so far.
Here, we take a look at what happened to the players Liverpool signed in the summer of 2010, excluding Milan Jovanovic, who signed a pre-contract for Rafael Benitez.
Raul Meireles – £11million
Liverpool had high hopes for Meireles, who rose to prominence as an integral part of the Porto midfield that won four successive league titles between 2005 and 2009, but he never lived up to the hype in English football.
Meireles played 41 times for Liverpool in the 2010/11 season and left for Chelsea the following summer, where he again struggled for a year – although he did pick up a Champions League winners’ medal for his troubles.
The Portuguese quietly moved to Fenerbahce in 2012 and retired there four years later.
Christian Poulsen – £5million
Another disastrous signing, albeit a cheap one, who was picked out by the recruitment team from Juventus.
Poulsen managed just 12 league games for Liverpool before leaving the following summer to join French side Evian.
However, Poulsen enjoyed a mini-revival courtesy of a two-year stint at Ajax between 2012 and 2014, where he lifted the Eredivisie title.
It was such a successful period of his career Poulsen is now the assistant coach at Ajax.
Paul Konchesky – £4million
Yet another bizarre Hodgson signing and yet another player to leave after just one year at Anfield, Konchesky was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest in 2011.
He then spent six years at Leicester City, leaving the season before their miracle Premier League title triumph.
Konchesky has repeatedly taken steps down the pyramid to keep playing, and has racked up 650 career games, most recently turning out for East Thurrock United in 2018/19.
Brad Jones – £2.5million
Signed as a cheap backup to Pepe Reina, Jones did a decent enough job for Liverpool after arriving from Middlesbrough. He spent five years at Anfield and played just 27 times.
Following brief spells at Derby, Bradford, and NEC in the Netherlands, Jones finally got back to first-team action as Feyenoord’s number one between 2016 and 2018.
He retired at Saudi club Al-Nassr.
Danny Wilson – £2.5million
Whatever it was Liverpool saw in Rangers’ 19-year-old Wilson, they were mistaken.
He had only played 14 league games in Scotland before being poached, and it seems as though the move came far too early.
Starved of first-team action at a crucial developmental stage, Wilson later bounced around on loan before going back to Scotland.
His career eventually took off at Hearts, and Rangers then bought him back in 2015, where the centre-back helped them get back to the Premiership.
He joined MLS side Colorado Rapids in 2018, where he remains to this day.
Jonjo Shelvey – £1.8million
The only sensible deal on this list was for Shelvey, a bargain at £1.8million and still a Premier League regular today.
Shelvey was a frustrating and troubled player during his three years at Liverpool, but nevertheless he was sold to Swansea City for a healthy profit at £5million.
Shelvey has enjoyed a solid career in English football since, becoming something of a fans’ favourite at Newcastle United.
Joe Cole – Free
The marquee signing of the Hodgson era, and the first name through the door, was Joe Cole, handed a £90,000-per-week contract despite his advancing years.
The England international never really settled and left for Lille two years later.
A series of uneventful spells in England followed, and now Cole is a prominent pundit for BT Sport.
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