The nine players who played just one Premier League game for Liverpool

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Liverpool might have a settled squad these days, but there are plenty who have stopped by at Anfield before disappearing without a trace.

Dozens of players left while stuck in single figures for appearances, from loanees like Steven Caulker (three games) to academy men who never properly broke through like Dani Pacheco (five).

The real gems, though, are those with just a single Premier League appearance to their name for the Reds. There are nine in total, not including the three who are still at the club and still have room to add to their tallies (Pedro Chirivella, Harvey Elliott and Takumi Minamino).

Rafa Camacho

When Camacho made his Liverpool league debut last season against Crystal Palace – as a late sub for Mohamed Salah, no less – few imagined it would also be his final game for the club.

The Portuguese winger had already played in the FA Cup defeat to Wolves, a full 90 on that occasion, but he was allowed to move back home to join Sporting Lisbon over the summer.

He made his first start in green and white in the recent defeat to Benfica, on the opposite wing to Premier League loanee Yannick Bolasie.

Sergi Canos

Canos’ nine league minutes were all he got in any competition, as part of a young Reds side given an outing by Jurgen Klopp at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Of the 11 players to start that day, only Sheyi Ojo is still on Liverpool’s books, though his last competitive minutes for the club came in January 2017 in an FA Cup win at Plymouth.

Canos is now back at Brentford, the club with whom he spent most of that 2015-16 campaign on loan, but he has been out of commission since October with a knee injury.

Conor Coady

Coady would have surely loved to make more than one league appearance for his hometown club, but he can’t be too unhappy with how his career has panned out.

That one game came in May 2013, as a late replacement for Philippe Coutinho away at Fulham, although he also got a run-out against Anzhi in that season’s Europa League.

He’s now captaining Wolves in the Premier League, which is pretty good going for someone who went five years between his first and second game in the top flight.

Stephen Darby

Darby played more times in the Champions League than the Premier League, though his one game in the latter ended in victory.

The defender replaced Philipp Degen late in a 2-0 win over Tottenham in 2010 before gradually dropping down the leagues.

Sadly, he was forced to retire at 29 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease and has since set up his own charity with the aim of finding a cure for the condition.

David Raven

After coming through the Liverpool academy, teenage defender Raven had the honour of coming off the bench for Sami Hyypia in a Premier League defeat at Southampton.

It was his third senior game, after a couple of cup outings, but also his last.

Raven spent a fair chunk of his career with Carlisle, and north of the border with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but moved closer to home in 2018 when he joined non-league Warrington Town.

With opportunities so hard to come by at Anfield, Raven himself took the brave step of cancelling his contract early.

READ: The story of David Raven’s three games for Liverpool & why quitting was easy

Patrice Luzi

The problem with having a goalkeeper as reliable as Jerzy Dudek is the back-ups rarely get a look-in.

Luzi was at Liverpool for three years but only stepped onto a Premier League pitch once, replacing Dudek in a 1-0 win at Chelsea in January 2004.

He left Anfield a week after the 2005 Champions League final, having not even made the bench for that game, and the last of his games for final top-flight club Rennes came in 2008, long before his 30th birthday.

Daniele Padelli

The problem with having a goalkeeper as reliable as Pepe Reina is the back-ups rarely get a look-in.

Italian stopper Padelli joined on loan for the second half of the 2006-07 season at the age of just 21. With Reina and second-choice Jerzy Dudek given a rest ahead of the 2007 Champions League final, he earned a start against Charlton and conceded to Matt Holland and Darren Bent in a 2-2 draw.

He has spent the rest of his career back in Italy and is currently in his third season at Inter Milan without playing a league minute for the club.

Jon Newby

The first Liverpool Premier League debutant of the 21st century, Newby replaced Vladimir Smicer in a goalless draw with Middlesbrough in January 2000.

After a handful of cup appearances that same season, and multiple loans in the years after, Newby moved on to Bury before moving around the lower leagues and non-league, including a stint at hometown club Warrington Town.

He’s already had his first taste of management, too, having taken over as player-boss of Colwyn Bay in the early 2010s.

We spoke to him about his time at Anfield back in 2017.

READ: The story of Jon Newby and his one Premier League game for Liverpool

Jordan Rossiter

Rossiter was highly rated at Anfield when he got his first-team chance under Brendan Rodgers, scoring on his debut in the League Cup and coming on for Lucas in one of Rodgers’ last games, a 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the 2015-16 season.

He played a few times in that season’s Europa League, including one game against Sion after Jurgen Klopp had taken over, but left for Rangers that summer.

The midfielder is still on the Gers’ books but now finds himself on loan at Fleetwood Town, where he has been handed plenty of game-time by manager Joey Barton.


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