There are a few players this season who have been knocking about the free agent market with little or no interest in their signature. The likes of Owen Hargreaves, Craig Gordon and Harry Kewell spring to mind. But Kewell is now employed once again in an unlikely location.
The former Leeds United and Liverpool player has signed a short-term deal at Qatari Premier League outfit Al-Gharafah; where he will be linking up with a former team-mate.
Djibril Cisse was almost immediately told to pack his bags when Harry Redknapp arrived at QPR after Mark Hughes’ sacking and now the Frenchman is enjoying a loan spell at the Doha side.
So it puts the two together once again for the first time since Cisse left Liverpool in 2006.
Of course the two were also present for perhaps Liverpool’s greatest match in recent history; that night in Istanbul.
Harry Kewell started the game just behind Milan Baros in the Liverpool side and was actually preferred over Cisse for the fixture.
However his time in the fixture was short-lived; coming off after just 25 minutes with a groin injury. Cisse on the other hand managed to get on in the 85th minute; replacing Baros.
The Frenchman even converted one of the crucial penalties in the shoot-out where Jerzy Dudek was of course the star of the show.
Now with Kewell signed on a short-term deal the two have a chance to lead Gharafa to their own continental glory in the AFC Champions League.
The Cheetahs are currently second in their group in the competition behind Saudi side Al-Ahli and just ahead of Iranian outfit Sepahan and will be hoping the addition of Kewell along with the presence of Cisse and former PSG forward Nene can stir them on to a similar continental story that Liverpool experience in 2004-05.
How long Kewell and Cisse may be contributing remains to be seen. Of course Cisse’s deal ends at the end of the season and QPR may have different plans for the striker with relegation beckoning.
Kewell on the other hand is expected to be with the club until they are out of the competition which he and the club will hope is much more than just a 25 minute cameo in the another continental final for these former Liverpool stars.
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