Owen compares Cissokho to CL winner: Needs to brush up on technique

Aly Cissokho

Liverpool defender Cissokho is like Istanbul hero Traore, says a former Anfield son.

Liverpool left-back Aly Cissokho was compared to former left-back Djimi Traore by Michael Owen during the BT Sport commentary of Liverpool’s Merseyside derby win over Everton.

Towards the end of the game, Cissokho had given the ball away before managing to retrieve the situation by putting in a tackle that rebounded off Everton’s Aiden McGeady for a goal kick.

Owen then said this about the Frenchman who is loan from Valencia: ‘He reminds be a bit of Djimi Traore who played left-back when I was at Liverpool. I have to be honest I think he’s awful on the ball, I think he really is poor on the ball but he can defend. He’s got pace, he’s athletic, gets up and down. He certainly needs to brush up on this technique though when he’s in possession.’

Owen’s point about Cissokho in possession was reinforced when he miscued horribly in stoppage time as he attempted to play a ball forward, confirming that he didn’t think Traore was good in possession, either.

It’s safe to say that Cissokho isn’t a favourite amongst Liverpool fans, and there have been times this season when manager Brendan Rodgers has opted to play players such as Jon Flanagan and Daniel Agger out of position on the left side ahead of him in certain games.

The comparison to Djimi Traore is an interesting one. Traore wasn’t the most blessed footballer but did put in some good performances in a red shirt – though his most memorable one perhaps wasn’t his best with a bizarre own goal against Burnley in the FA Cup.

But some players like that also end up with Champions League winners’ medals - it’s a funny old world.

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