Momo says goodbye

Midfielder Momo Sissoko – who used to be “boss” but seemingly isn’t any more after his departure to Juventus earlier this week – has followed in the footsteps of another former Red, Luis Garcia, and written an open letter for the official Liverpool website.

Momo’s departure, for ₤8.2m, is a strange one – while most fans will admit he has been desperately lacking form this season, and arguably since his eye injury, the young Malian midfielder had previously shown so much promise and enjoyed impressive matches in the Champions League, against Chelsea in the Charity Shield and in general was a top prospect for the future.

Dear Liverpool fans,

As soon as I arrived in Liverpool I realised how much this team meant.

Now, after two and a half years I have to say goodbye and I can’t hide the great sorrow I feel in leaving one of the best clubs in Europe.

Liverpool FC as a club, its fans, its coaches and my team-mates have together helped me to become a better player and, above all, a better person.

Liverpool FC is one of the greatest. The Liverpool fans never desert their team.

Even in the worst moments you have a strong sense that the fans are with you, supporting you as much as they can, never giving up, those fans make Liverpool even stronger. I really want to thank them for helping me to feel and to understand what football means in its purest form.

I also think Liverpool FC functions this way because of its leaders; Rafael Benitez works from dawn to dusk, and the players know they must fight for the red shirt in every second of every match.

Now I am beginning a new adventure in another big European Club in Juventus. They have also now put their faith in me.

I shall play to my best in every single match, I shall fight hard for my new shirt to the end, but when every match is finished, I know what I’ll do first – I shall ask about the results of Liverpool FC.

Everybody knows the legend “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and I shall never ever forget the experience and the team.

I want to thank everyone for the opportunity and wish everyone all the best for the future.

With my best regards,
Mohammed Sissoko

Thanks for the memories Momo, for a season or two at least ‘they never got past Sissoko’ – good luck in your career and thanks for the kind words.