Football: The XI

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Perhaps the troubles in Liverpool are down to the exodus of local talent. Here are 11 players born on or near Merseyside who were either overlooked or discarded by the city's big clubs:

Peter Billing (Coventry City)

Ian Bishop (West Ham United)

Tommy Caton (Charlton Athletic)

Peter Davenport (Sunderland)

Nick Henry (Oldham Athletic)

Ian Marshall (Oldham Athletic)

Andy Mutch (Wolverhampton)

Mick Quinn (Coventry City)

Steve Redmond (Oldham Athletic)

Mike Sheron (Manchester City)

Ian Woan (Nottingham Forest)

Compiled by Jasper Rees