Liverpool signed Mali international Momo Sissoko in the summer of 2005, as he followed former manager Rafa Benitez - who had snapped him up from AJ Auxerre for Valencia in 2003.
Despite not being the biggest of names the combative midfielder went on to become an integral cog in the Liverpool system during his first season at the club. In 2005-06 he featured 43 times in all competitions - helping the Anfield club to an FA Cup triumph and a third placed finish in the Premier League.
But his playing time diminished from then on, despite remaining a popular figure.
Sissoko suffered serious injuries whilst a Liverpool player. There was his nasty shoulder dislocation, and of course his horrific eye injury - where he almost went completely blind following a challenge from Benfica’s Beto.
In the end he ventured for a new start, signing for Juventus in 2007 for a fee in the region of €11 million - so what has happened next?
More of the same unfortunately. He suffered Achilles, thigh and calf issues whilst in Turin - before surgery to repair cartilage in a knee finally finished him off.
Paris Saint-Germain however decided to give him a go in 2011 - but again the Malian struggled with his fitness, and spent the end of last season on loan with Fiorentina, with the hope of staying for the new term.
Instead he finds himself a free agent, whose heaviest link this summer was with Berkshire club Reading. No disrespect to The Biscuitmen, but that is a far cry from Liverpool, Juventus and PSG.
But he may have found hope in a former manager…
Now he is currently training with Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco side. The Italian was his boss at both Valencia and Juventus - so knows all about his talents.
While Monaco have been buying in bulk, leaving any Sissoko arrival likely to be as back-up, he could end up with a Ligue 1 winners medal the way the Monegasque are playing.
The official line is that Sissoko is being allowed to train with the club in order to maintain his fitness, but as we saw with Mathieu Flamini, these situations can sometimes end up working in your favour.
We hope he does get a chance to shine once again. At 28-years-old there is still time for him to demonstrate what a brilliant midfield dynamo he could be, when his body isn’t letting him down.
And no Liverpool fan would begrudge him any success.
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