Djibril Cisse: I'm so proud and honoured to be part of the LFC family

ReactionDjibril Cisse: I'm so proud and honoured to be part of the LFC family

By Sam Williams


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‘It is always a pleasure’ is how Djibril Cisse described returning to Anfield after he scored in Liverpool FC Legends’ 4-2 win over AFC Ajax Legends.

The former France striker came off the bench at half-time and headed home the equaliser as the Reds came from two down to claim victory in front of a sold-out crowd of almost 60,000 on Saturday afternoon.

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Gregory Vignal, Nabil El Zhar and Fernando Torres also got on the scoresheet and, in a post-match interview with, Cisse said: “It’s not every weekend that you are playing in front of nearly 60,000 people so you have to enjoy every second.

“It’s a special club, special fans, special guys, and it is always a pleasure to be here.

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“First half, when you have retired for five, six, seven or 10 years some of us, it’s hard to get in the game. You need a few minutes to get into it and I’m a little bit younger so when I come on, I have to make the difference! It’s what I tried to do today.

“We won against a really good team of Ajax and it’s important not to lose in front of our crowd.”

Cisse’s Kop-end header from Dirk Kuyt’s cross pulled the Reds level and he added: “When you have been scoring all your life... that’s the only thing I know how to do well and even if it is a friendly or I play with my kids, I have to score!

“It’s always the same feeling, it’s always great and even more today.”

Sven-Goran Eriksson was part of the LFC Legends management team for the match and Cisse was delighted for the former England boss.

He continued: “It’s quite unusual for a manager to say, ‘It was my dream to manage Liverpool,’ or to coach another team and he was quite open, quite clear about it, and I think it’s a good thing that he was the manager today.

“He achieved one of his goals and on top of that we won, so it’s a special day for us and for him too. He’s a great manager. I never had the chance to work with him but I really respect the guy and I am happy for him.”

Saturday’s game will raise vital funds for LFC Foundation, the club’s official charity, and Cisse stated: “We were talking about it in the changing room: I don’t see many clubs who can fill a 60,000 stadium for a charity game or a foundation game. I think it is only Liverpool or a few, but really few, clubs and it’s a pleasure to be here.

“I’m really, really proud and really honoured to be a part of the Liverpool family and as long as I can run and play football, I will always be here for the foundation.”



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