After missing a huge part of the season through injury. French defender Aly Cissokho is ready to enjoy every moment of his Anfield loan spell.
Liverpool's French defender, Aly Cissokho, didn't enjoy the perfect start to his Liverpool career, missing 13 of the clubs first 19 games after joining on loan from Spanish side Valencia.
He has now managed to get over his ankle injury and has played in Liverpool's last 10 games, including the 5-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield.
Now the 26-year-old is ready to "Enjoy every minute” of his loan spell and let the future decide itself.
"I let people make their own opinion and I give everything, "he said. “My goal is to play as many games as possible at Liverpool, enjoy every minute, and we'll see what the future holds."
The former Olympique Lyonnais defender went on to describe the moment he heard the Liverpool fans sign "You'll Never Walk Alone" at Anfield and how much the club means to him.
"The hymn made a mark on me when I was a kid. It was beautiful, extraordinary. The first time I heard it wearing the red jersey, I felt a lot of emotions. I thought about the path, all those years working hard to achieve my dream."
Unfortunately for Cissokho, the passion and feel he has for the club might not be able to convince all the Liverpool fans that he is good enough to play for the club.
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In his 13 league appearances so far he has only managed one assist from his attacking full-back role. Defensively he has looked shaky, no more so than during Sunday's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. Cissokho was nowhere to be seen as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain burst down the right before delivering the cross for Lucas Podolski to make it 2-0.
This level of defending is not something that is new to Cissokho, near the end of his spell at French club Lyon, he was heavily criticised for his displays at left-back. Often caught out of position, he also had a tendency to give away cheap fouls in dangerous positions. It came as a surprise to most Ligue 1 fans when Liverpool were keen to bring the 26-year-old in on loan. And judging by the reaction of some Liverpool fans, they are fully in agreement with their French counterparts.
Cissokho reminds me so much of Djimi Traore. Not an awful footballer just not anywhere near our level and prone to the odd comedy gaffe.— Daniel McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) February 17, 2014
how is Cissokho a professional footballer? #awful— Jason Littlejohn (@jaselittlejohn) February 16, 2014
It would be a huge surprise if Brendan Rodgers decided to extend Cissokho's time at Liverpool beyond this season.
The irony is that his older brother Issa is enjoying a fantastic season at Nantes, and his easily been one of the best full-backs in France. It looks like Liverpool picked the wrong brother.