In 2007, Jermaine Pennant outshone Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso in a Champions League final Liverpool sadly lost.
Ten years later, he’s just signed for Bury in League One.
Amazingly, Pennant is only 34-years-old, but has played in Singapore and India after failing to fulfil his undeniable potential.
Rafa Benitez signed Pennant from Birmingham in 2006 and despite being heavily involved during his debut campaign, he eventually fell out of favour and was shipped out for the 2008/09 season.
Pennant has suggested that he could have been better if Benitez had offered him more personal support, but admitted that his arrogance similarly held him back.
Hilariously, Pennant name-drops James Milner as the only exception to that rule in football!
“No-one’s an angel. I don’t think there is an angel in football – apart from James Milner,” the ex-Arsenal man told the Mail.
“Rafa wasn’t a player’s manager where he would sit you down and ask what’s the matter.
“I made a few mistakes and probably didn’t have the best attitude. I just thought ability would get me places.
“I wish a manager had been able to guide me but when you’re that age, you don’t take it on board. You’re like ‘Yeah, whatever. I know it all already.'”
Perhaps if Pennant applied himself like Milner has, he’d still be at Liverpool, but that’s a tough ask… Milner has never touched alcohol and at 31, is probably our fittest player. Pennant probably has more natural talent, but if you look at which way the pair’s careers went, it’s clear that this alone isn’t enough.