Forgotten Liverpool wonderkid now in Qatari 2nd tier 11 years after leaving

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Forgotten Liverpool star Nabil El Zhar is now playing in Qatar, eleven years on from his Anfield exit in 2011.

El Zhar moved to Liverpool in 2006 as a 20-year-old from Saint-Etienne – where he spent the last couple of years of his youth career. The Moroccan had looked set to move to Roma, but when he heard Liverpool were interested he only had one place in mind.

"I flew to Italy, but when I was there I received an offer from Liverpool, and I just said 'I cannot sign' [Roma's contract]. For me to be able to sign for Liverpool was something very big. So I went back to France and then I went to Liverpool," he told Liverpool.com.

Over the span of five years, El Zhar made 21 appearances for the Reds.

His most memorable moment came in his first season when he took the ball from Steven Gerrard and unleashed a 40-yard piledriver in a League Cup clash with Cardiff.

"I think it was the best moment of my career," he recalls. "Just playing there [Anfield] was something very big. Scoring in front of the Kop from a pass by Gerrard, it was perfect."

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El Zhar left Anfield in 2011 for Spanish side Levante – where he clocked up 94 appearances before moving around Spain.

In 2019, El Zhar joined Qatari side Al Ahli, but earlier this year he dropped down into the second division with Muaither SC.

El Zhar isn't the only ex-Premier League star in their ranks, joined by Algerian, and former Portsmouth, full-back Nadir Belhadj.

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