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Former Liverpool man Sissoko is Reading bound but it could've been different

There have been a few knocks in his career that perhaps prevented him from becoming a truly great midfielder.

He was once hailed as a man who was part of the ‘best midfield in the world’ along with Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.

Now though it looks as if Mohamed Sissoko - or Momo to many of you - is going to be plying his trade in the Championship with Reading after having his contract terminated by Paris Saint Germain.

Sissoko’s career took an odd path after joining Liverpool but it never stopped him from being a fan’s favourite, and many have questioned what might have been after sustaining a serious looking injury in a Champions League last 16 tie with Benfica when he was kicked in the eye – people will remember that he returned in an FA Cup tie wearing protective goggles, only to find them irritating and were discarded before half-time.

He had put in a series of commanding performances for Liverpool during his first season after being signed for Rafael Benitez – whom he had previously worked with at Valencia.

Sissoko was often compared to Vieira and it wasn’t difficult to see why in the way he won the ball back for his side, the way have moved around the pitch. All be it he was a skinnier version of the former Arsenal captain, and didn’t possess his eye for goal but it wasn’t the worst comparison that was ever made.

He has been to a number of high-profile clubs since leaving Merseyside, including Juventus and PSG showing that he was highly rated even after his eye injury, but he has also had his fair share of injury problems afterwards with persistent knee injuries.

But with all that talent, all that promise in what was a promising Liverpool team at the time, you can’t help but feel he was somehow held back. Maybe he would’ve gone on to become a legend at one of the clubs he joined, and played with more confidence.

If his transfer to Reading does go through then they are getting a very experienced midfielder who hasn’t even reached 30. Given his injury problems it could be a bit of a gamble, but he could be a very effective player and have a massive hand in them pushing for a return to the Premier League.

But one can’t help but feel it could have been all so different for Momo.

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