Monday, March 5, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 67: Djbril Cisse

At number 67 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is current Reds striker Djibril Cisse.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Djibril Cisse

Years at Liverpool: 2004 to present
Position: Forward

Date-of-birth: 12/8/1981
Birthplace: Arles, France

Signed from: Auxerre (June 2004)

Games: 79
Goals: 24

Honours: European Cup (2005), Super Cup (2006), FA Cup (2006)

Djibril Cisse may have his doubters but for a variety of reasons there can be no doubting that he has shaken the Kop. Since arriving at Anfield in a record-busting deal two years ago the French striker has hardly been out of the headlines. Signed for £14 million by Gerard Houllier, it was not until Rafa Benitez took over as manager that Cisse finally joined the Reds. With his former club Auxerre he'd established himself as one of the top goalscorers in Europe and anticipation among Liverpudlians was high. A goal on his debut away to Tottenham on the opening day of the 2004/05 campaign was a good start but a horrific broken leg, sustained against Blackburn two months later put his Liverpool career on hold. An amazing Lazarus-like recovery saw him return for the end of season run-in and he capped his first year on Merseyside by coolly netting from the spot in the memorable penalty shoot-out victory over AC Milan in Istanbul. Despite doubts over his future at the club, he followed that up with a well-taken brace in the Super Cup triumph over CSKA Moscow but with his blistering pace he was often deployed last season as a right winger. Another vital strike sealed an important victory in the Merseyside derby at Goodison, while it was his perfectly executed volley versus West Ham in Cardiff that famously got the Reds back on track in the already legendary 2006 FA Cup Final. Despite all this, whenever Cisse's name crops up in conversation, opinion among fans remains split and speculation regarding his long-term future refuses to go away. But with his extravagant ever-changing hairstyles the France international remains a unique character within the Liverpool dressing room and his contribution to the success this club has enjoyed in recent times cannot be overlooked.

Claim to fame: Scoring in three cup finals

Did you know? He got married in a red suit

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