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The Liverpool Reserve squad that won Premier League title in 2007/08 - what happened to them?

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Liverpool are currently involved in a Premier League title race as they sit five points clear of Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had the chance to extend that lead to seven points on Wednesday but nerves got the better of them as they drew 1-1 against Leicester at Anfield.

There are 14 matches remaining and there’s bound to be plenty of twists and turns between now and May.

While the first-team may not have won a title for 29 years, their former reserve side have had some success.

A little more than 10 years ago, Liverpool Reserves romped to the Premier Reserve League North title by a massive 13 points.

With Aston Villa winning the Premier Reserve League South league, the two sides met in the Play-off final with Liverpool winning 3-0.

But, 11 years later, where is that Liverpool reserve squad now?

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Peter Gulacsi

The Hungarian goalkeeper failed to make a first-team appearance and left the club in June 2013 after six years at the club.

He joined Red Bull Salzburg in Austria but now turns out for Red Bull Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

The 28-year-old has also played 23 times for his country.

Stephen Darby

The local lad.

The right-back did manage seven appearances for the first-team before he joined Bradford City in the summer of 2012.

Last season, he played for Bolton in the Championship but sadly has had to retire at the age of 29 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Emiliano Insua

The Argentine was already making first-team appearances when he helped Liverpool’s Reserve side win the title.

Insua went on to play 62 times for the Reds, including 31 league games during the 2009/10 campaign - his final season before leaving the club for Galatasaray on loan.

Permanent moves to Sporting Lisbon and Atletico Madrid followed and the 30-year-old now plays for Stuttgart in Germany.

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Mikel San Jose

The Spanish defender failed to make any first-team appearances at Anfield and, in the summer of 2009, returned to his native country to join Athletic Bilbao.

He’s since become a bit of a club legend, playing more than 350 times for the Basque club.

The 29-year-old has also represented Spain on seven occasions.

Ronald Huth

Huth became the first Paraguayan to join Liverpool when he signed in 2007 but his career on Merseyside didn’t quite go to plan.

The defender lasted just two seasons before he returned to the club Liverpool had signed him from, Tacuary in Paraguay.

A largely underwhelming career has seen Huth end up at Sarmiento de Resistencia in Argentina’s fourth tier.

Damien Plessis

The French defensive midfielder was supposed to be the next Patrick Viera but he managed just eight appearances for the first-team.

Plessis has since lost his way after leaving Liverpool for Panathinaikos in 2010 and now appears to be without a club at the age of 30.

He last seen playing for Swedish side Orebro SK.

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Nabil El Zhar

The pacy Moroccan winger threatened to make a career for himself at Liverpool, playing 21 league games.

However, he soon fell out of favour under Rafa Benitez and joined Levante at the end of his contract.

Four years later, he joined fellow La Liga side Las Palmas but now plays for Leganes in Spain’s top-flight.

Lucas Leiva

A Liverpool legend.

The Brazilian spent 10 years at the club, playing almost 350 times.

At the age of 32, he’s still impressing for Lazio in Italy.

Jordy Brouwer

The Dutchman was highly-rated at Liverpool but failed to fulfill his potential.

He didn’t play for the first-team and has endured a disappointing career in the Netherlands.

Brouwer, now 30, is currently playing Sunday league football for DHC Delft.

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Krisztian Nemeth

The Hungarian striker was Man of the Match during the final against Aston Villa with a goal and an assist and was fully expected to play first-team football.

But that never materialised.

He’s had a rather interesting career with permanent spells at Olympiacos in Greece, Roda JC in the Netherlands, Al-Gharafa in Qatar and New England Revolution in America.

He’s currently playing for Sporting Kansas City in the MLS having represented Hungary 35 times.

Ryan Flynn

Another player that failed to make the step up to Liverpool’s first-team. The Scottish winger went on to play for Falkirk, Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic.

He now plays for St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

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Dean Bouzanis

The Australian was once described as “the best goalkeeper in the world for his age” by Benitez in January 2007.

Bouzanis didn’t quite repay Benitez’s faith and failed to play for the first-team.

Spells at Oldham Athletic in League One, Aris in Greece, Carlisle in League Two and Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia have followed.

He’s now on loan at PEC Zwolle from Melbourne City.

Martin Kelly

Kelly was an unused substitute in the final against Aston Villa but actually had a better Liverpool career than many of his teammates on that day.

The full-back played 62 times for the first-team before a permanent move to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2014, where he remains.

Andras Simon

Another Hungarian alongside Nemeth and another player that didn’t make any first-team appearances.

He left Liverpool in 2010 and is now playing for Paks in Hungary’s top-flight.

Dani Pacheco

Liverpool stole Pacheco from Barcelona’s youth system and he went on to play 17 times for the Reds.

In 2013, he signed for Alcoron in Spain’s second division before moving to Real Betis and then Getafe.

The 28-year-old is now representing Malaga.

Craig Lindfield

The striker spent three years at Liverpool before playing for various lower-league clubs in the area.

Accrington Stanley, Chester, FC United of Manchester, Marine, Trafford and Nantwich Town have all been home to Lindfield at some point.

At 30, he’s a semi-professional footballer at Curzon Ashton in the National League North.

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Mikel San Jose
Lucas Leiva
Jurgen Klopp
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Peter Gulacsi
Emiliano Insua
Stephen Darby
Nabil El Zhar
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