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Ask The Liverpool Offside: Liverpool’s Most Successful Single Appearance Player

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There’s no football and we’re bored and self-isolating, so we’re going to try to answer some of your questions.

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People find their way to TLO using all kinds of search terms. Some can seem a little strange, unusual, or just in need of an answer. Others seem to have nothing to do with Liverpool. Occasionally they’re borderline workplace-appropriate. Every now and then, we try to give answers to a few of them.

And with no football on and so many of us stuck self-isolating, we’re going to start trying to mix in some questions asked by readers to help pass the time. So if you’ve ever had something you wanted to ask us—be it about football or fitness or fashion or food or fencing—drop it in the comments or hit us up on Twitter and we’ll see what we can do.


what does klopp say in the dressing room

Probably words, mostly. Like that things are cool or not cool or in a good way or not in a good way. Stuff like that. And maybe sometimes he makes non-verbal noises like grunts, grumbles, and growls, though that’s just speculation.

nigerian time

Like, are we talking a state of mind thing here or literally what time is it in Nigeria right now? Because I’m not sure I’m equipped to answer the former but if you’re looking for the latter, Nigeria are on West Africa Time.

West Africa Time stretches south to Angola and north to Tunisia’s Ras Ben Sakka, the northernmost point of continental Africa, and given the generally tropical latitudes at play it’s not typical of the countries on it to observe daylight savings time, which puts the timezone in line with Central European Time (or GMT+1) during the northern hemisphere winter months and British Summer Time during the north’s summers.

MANE IS BEST PLAYER

Capslock checks out.

who is Liverpool’s most successful one appearance player?

From regular commenter Cleveland Sasquatch comes this head-scratcher. There’ve been plenty who played one first team game and then bounced around the lower leagues. Third division regulars, fourth division captains, non-league stars. Not many, though, stand out from the pack—and plenty didn’t make it in the game at all.

Amongst those who did, there’s Dave Wilson, who made over 180 appearances on the wing for Preston North End in the 60s and early 70s while they were in the old second division—including facing off against Liverpool on four occasions. And, sandwiched in the middle of it, he made one appearance for the Reds.

In a similar mold, Sergi Canos looks set to eclipse him as a Championship regular, as the La Masia graduate with one Liverpool appearance has already made 140 appearances for Brentford and is just 23 years of age—and that despite having been sidelined for most of the past year with a serious knee injury.

There are also, unsurprisingly, names that might have made it if injury and illness hadn’t intervened. Players like Tom Bennett, a ship-builder born in Walton in 1891 who became a wartime star with leagues suspended and regulars enlisted or drafted. Though records are spotty, he’s said to have scored at least 125 goals in a little more than 100 games in local tournaments during World War One and was touted to become a league star when it ended. When his chance came, though, tuberculosis limited him to a single Liverpool game. He never fully recovered from his illness and made a handful of lower league appearances before passing away in 1923.

Almost certainly, though, the most purely successful of the bunch is Antonio Barragán, a right back who has made a career in his native Spain after Liverpool plucked him from Sevilla’s academy and gave him a single substitute appearance in 2005. Since then, he’s made over 200 appearances for the likes of Deportivo, Valladolid, and Valencia.

why is it so hard to get liverpool tickets

Because they’re the best football team in the land?

xherdan shaqiri news

Still injured. Probably. And still with calves us mere mortals couldn’t dream of.

zachary taylor milner

Are you perhaps trying to find Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States and a man described as America’s most forgettable president, one who, disinterested in politics and having never previously served in government, was drafted by the Whig Party in 1848, won the subsequent election, and served 16 indifferent months before dying of a stomach disease and being succeeded by Millard Fillmore? Alternately, could you be looking for that kid who starred in Home Improvement with Tim Allen in the 90s?

ترتيب الدوري الانجليزي

Yep, just double checked and Liverpool are still 25 points clear.