Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of Finnish striker and former Red Lauri Dalla Valle.
The story of how Lauri Dalla Valle came into the world is like something out of a James Bond movie, His father Loreno Dalla Valle was a member of the Italian drugs squad and one day while tailing a suspect in Venice his cover was blown and to not arouse suspicion he took a seat at a local cafe and beside him was a young Finnish student called Marketta.
Love soon blossomed and into the world came Lauri Dalla Valle, he spent his youth tearing up the Finnish junior leagues and by the time he was 14 he joined Inter Milan’s academy, However his stay in Italy would be a short one and after only three months and suffering from home sickness he returned to Finland.
As a 16 year old he was playing for the first team of Jippo who are a Finnish 3rd division team and had done good enough to catch the eye of Liverpool scouts, after a successful trial Dalla Valle joined the Reds academy in 2008.
While at the academy he was hailed as the next Fernardo Torres as it seemed everything he touched went into the back of the net, He scored 8 goals on route to the FA Youth cup final in 2009 and was an ever present in the reserves, His Liverpool debut came in the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying round when he came on as a late substitute against Rabotnicki.
It looked like Dalla Valle was on a steady rise which is why it came as a bit of a surprise to Liverpool fans when Roy Hodgson included him in a deal to bring Paul Konchesky from Fulham to Liverpool, he would go into the Fulham youth team and after impressing there he was sent out on loan to League one side Bournemouth, further loans to Dundee United, Exeter and Crewe followed before Fulham finally released him from his contract in 2013.
Short stints at Molde, Crewe Alexandra & Saint Truiden had followed but by the age of 26 he fell out of love with Football and retired.
So where is he now ?