Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sissoko to Juventus

Sissoko a past master as the 'Old Lady beckons

Momo Sissoko has completed his transfer from Liverpool to Juventus for a reported 8.2 million pounds. The transfer has been in the pipeline for some time, and his sale has allowed Liverpool to attempt to tie up Javier Mascherano on a permanent deal.

Sissoko joined Liverpool in the summer of 2005, with Rafael Benitez narrowly beating rivals, and neighbours Everton to his signature. He had an outstanding first season, becoming a key member of the team that got the clubs highest ever Premier League haul, and won the FA Cup, in a thrilling penalty shoot-out against West Ham. However, his second season was blighted by serious injury, with a dislocated shoulder, and most notably a serious eye injury sustained against Benfica in the Champions league, threatening his career.

After that Sissoko's form became more inconsistent, with his passing in particular, a source of frustration for Liverpool's fans. Glimpes of his talent still shone though, and he was man of the match against Barcelona in the Champions league, as Liverpool marched to their second final in three years. In the second half of the season, the arrival of Mascherano, and the emergence of Leiva together with his own loss of confidence, combined to see him on the outer of Rafa Benitez' plans by the end of 2008.

Footy focus is convinced Sissoko will develop into a top class central midfielder, given time and a manager prepared to back him. People forget he's still only 23! Good luck Momo!!


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