Former Liverpool midfielder still a free agent - what's gone wrong?

Mohamed Sissoko

Mohamed Sissoko is still a free agent, and has recently been turned down by Anderlecht as his search for a new club continues.

Surely a 28-year-old midfielder who has played for Valencia, Liverpool, Juventus and Paris Saint-German, available on a free transfer, will have a world of suitors chasing for his signature?

Not in the case of Mohamed Sissoko, who has been knocked back by Belgian club Anderlecht.

The former Anfield enforcer has been without a club since the summer, and has been training with Anderlecht to keep his fitness up and to suitably impress to earn a move there.

However, after a two-week period of turning up for the Belgian powerhouses, a decision has been made over the African’s future.

"Although Mohamed Sissoko could mean added value for RSCA (due) to his experience and leadership, we unfortunately have no agreement," general manager Herman van Holsbeeck said in a statement on Anderlecht's official website.

With such a tight transfer market, fees rocketing and sides always in look of experience and leadership, shouldn’t Sissoko have a club by now?

After graduating from the Auxerre youth academy, Sissoko was snapped up by Valencia. He played for the Mestalla club for two successful seasons, winning La Liga and the Uefa Cup along the way, before being sold to Liverpool.

The Kop will remember Sissoko as a hardworking, industrious midfielder in his three seasons with the Merseyside club. He played his part in helping the Reds to the FA Cup in 2006, but started to be phased out before leaving the Premier League club in 2008.

A move to Juventus followed, and he played over 70 Serie A games for the Turin giants. Injury blotted his final season with the club, before he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain.

The midfielder played a considerable role in the Parc des Princes side in his first season at the Ligue 1 outfit, but found opportunities hard to come by last season. He was released in the summer, and despite plenty of transfer rumours, is still without an employer.

With 34 international caps for Mali to add to his impressive club career, aren’t there some Premier League clubs that should be interested in the African midfielder?

The player has cost collective transfer fees of roughly £20 million over the course of his career but available for free has no suitors.

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