How many injured/suspended Liverpool centre-halves will it take for Liverpool’s most expensive ever defender to get a game?
At least one more it seems, as £20m man Dejan Lovren couldn’t even make Brendan Rodgers’ XI ahead of 34-year-old mistake magnet Kolo Toure for the Reds’ clash with Arsenal at the weekend, which they lost 4-1.
To give the Croatia regular a bit of a boost, we’ve sourced five things even more profligate than his purchase:
The Northern Echo Arena
Quite what Darlington owner George Reynolds was thinking in 2003, when delivering the then-Conference side a 25,000-seater stadium, is anyone’s guess.
Reynolds was subsequently arrested for financial irregularities, and the ground was restricted to 10,000 by local planning regulators.
The Quakers were attracting around 2000 fans per game before shipping out in 2012, and the club dissolved later that year.
The stadium cost £18m to build, so cheaper than Lovren, but probably even more useless.
The Millennium Dome
Many politics watchers believed Labour would drop plans to build…whatever the Dome was supposed to be after gaining power in 1997, but they steamed in feet first and ended up expanding the project significantly.
It didn’t go too well for the first few years; evidently, no one in Labour HQ had any idea what to do with the gargantuan Greenwich white elephant, although plenty of ideas were hawked around, including the possibility of Charlton Athletic moving in.
Admittedly, the Dome’s current guise under ‘The O2’ moniker is working out, but taxpayers ain’t never seeing that £700m again.
The striker Chelsea paid Liverpool £50m for in January 2011 scored 20 goals in 110 Premier League games for the Blues, which surely makes him the biggest waste of hard-earned cash in football history.
Rugby clubs never fork out too much in fees for players, particularly compared to their football counterparts, so the RFU helping Saracens with Farrell’s £1m code switch from Rugby League was significant.
The bigwigs would have expected a better return from their investment than eight England caps, and a single try, although the former Wigan bruiser has turned into a useful coach.
The 2008 banking bailout
What do you get for £500bn these days? Higher VAT, slashed services, creeping privatisation in education and the NHS, and a very odd kind of democracy.
Meanwhile, the ‘Masters of the Universe’ who (undoubtedly) caused the global financial crisis are never far from a bottle of Cristal. What a mess.