He might never have made a Premier League appearance during his three years at Anfield, but the Cameroon goalkeeper did something so unforgivable that he ensured that he would always be remembered. After the memorial service for the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in April 2009, complaints were made by members of the congregation that Itandje had been ‘laughing and behaving inappropriately’.
He received a multitude of threats and complaints over the incident, while his increasing stress levels caused by the abuse reportedly caused him to have eczema on his hand. When he did eventually leave the club the following year he said: “I am sorry. I am sorry. I am sorry. A thousand times, I am sorry. To the club, to the fans and especially to the families, I am deeply sorry” (via BBC).
The Australian was furious when Liverpool performed a U-turn over a new contract offer. Jones had reportedly been told that he would be given an extension to his deal, which expired at the end of last season, but instead he was allowed to leave and was replaced by Bolton’s Adam Bogdan. According to the Daily Mail, he was happy with his role as Simon Mignolet’s understudy and was looking forward to assisting the Belgian next season.
Speaking on social media earlier this year, he said: “I would have loved to have stayed at the club I have supported since the age of 5 but sometimes the dream ends. I would also like to add my thanks to all the LFC fans for the support that I have received over the past 5 years.”