Having looked a dead cert to leave Liverpool following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, it now seems England international Andy Carroll may yet be offered an opportunity to shine at Anfield next season.
Carroll started a training ground friendly against Rochdale that was halted after a serious injury to The Dale's Reece Gray and he'll be keen to join these six players, who were drafted in from the cold to feature in big games for their clubs...
Tevez was vilified by Roberto Mancini, pundits, the media, fans - just about everyone, basically - after refusing to warm up during Man City's Champions League defeat in Munich last September. Mancini vowed that he'd never play for the club again but, lo and behold, the Argentine climbed off the bench to inspire City to victory against Chelsea. Tevez then scored four goals in five Premier League outings, including a hat-trick at Norwich, to help City secure a first Premier League crown.
In January 2007, Becks agreed to join LA Galaxy once his Real Madrid contract expired eight months later, irritating Madrid boss Fabio Capello who immediately issued a statement claiming the midfielder would "train with the team but he won't play". Five days later, Capello backtracked in an interview and Beckham went on to play a pivotal role in Madrid's La Liga-winning campaign.
QPR's veteran defender was sent off for lashing out at Martin Petrov as Bolton hammered the Super Hoops 4-0 on the opening day of last season. Two weeks later, before making another top flight appearance, he was farmed out on loan to Nottingham Forest for a month. Injury troubles then forced Neil Warnock to draft Hill back in for the London derby against Chelsea in October and, when Mark Hughes took over in January, the defender was moved from left back into central defence, where a string of impressive performances resulted in a clean sweep at the club's end of season player of the year awards.
The winger featured in just eight of Chelsea's matches during five months under Andre Villas-Boas before linking up with Ivory Coast for the African Nations Cup last season. When AVB bit the dust in favour of Roberto Di Matteo, Kalou played six games during March alone, scoring a crucial Champions League quarter-final winner at Benfica. Kalou, who also featured in the FA Cup and Champions League final, is now at Lille and admits Villas-Boas refused to select him because he wouldn't sign a new contract.
Almost nine months after joining Liverpool from Roma in July 2011, goalkeeper Doni had yet to make his competitive debut when Pepe Reina was sent off for lashing out at James Perch against Newcastle. Left-back Jose Enrique was forced between the sticks on that occasion, but Doni got his big chance against Aston Villa a week later. Three days later, following a 1-1 draw, the Brazilian started again at Blackburn but was sent off after only 25 minutes for bringing down Junior Hoilett. Doni's torrid time continued on his return to action three weeks later, as Liverpool lost against Fulham at Anfield. The miserable campaign was complete on the last day of the season when, making his fourth appearance, Liverpool lost again - this time to Swansea.
In May 2012, more than eight months after his last international appearance against Wales in a Euro 2012 qualifier, Carroll was handed a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for the finals, despite a torrid campaign for Liverpool that had only started to get going as it drew to a close. Presented with limited game time, the towering forward was one of England's more impressive players, with a thundering header against Sweden proving his highlight.
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