A midfielder who helped Liverpool come agonisingly close to the 2008-09 championship was voted in 71st place on our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown…
Date of birth: May 5, 1980 Place of birth: Dimona Nationality: Israeli Position: Midfield Years at the club: 2007-10 Signed from: West Ham Left for: Chelsea Position in 2006 poll: None
After two years' experience of the Barclays Premier League with West Ham, tricky midfielder Yossi Benayoun completed a switch to Anfield as part of Rafael Benitez's rebuilding programme in the summer of 2007.
Despite his slight build, the Israeli international was a tough competitor in English football - capable of playing in a variety of positions and contributing from wherever he found himself on the field of play.
With a wealth of creative talent to choose from, Benitez regularly opted to introduce Yossi as an impact substitute during his first season on Merseyside and he featured on 47 occasions in total.
Although there were no tangible honours to speak of for the club, Benayoun was involved in several moments to savour; he struck trebles against both Besiktas in the Champions League and Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup.
Having proved his worth in goals and a large number of assists, Benayoun was entrusted to form an integral part of the Liverpool side which came agonisingly close to scooping the championship in 2008-09.
He played in 32 of the Reds' 38 league fixtures and chipped in with eight strikes, including a dramatic late winner at Craven Cottage in April 2009 which seemed to have given Benitez's team the edge over Manchester United in the title race.
Yossi also headed home a defining goal at the Santiago Bernabeu as Liverpool thrashed Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregate in the Champions League.
Benayoun continued to clock up the appearances during 2009-10 - but much of his playing time remained in a role from the bench. He did, however, claim another Reds hat-trick at home to Burnley in September 2009.
With Liverpool slipping to seventh in the league standings and the Israel midfielder's frustration with life as a substitute growing, a deal was agreed with Chelsea for Benayoun to move to Stamford Bridge.
Appearances: 134 Goals: 29 Honours with LFC: None Did you know? Benayoun achieved the unique feat of scoring hat-tricks in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League during his time at Anfield Where is he now? Chelsea