A touching letter from Momo Sissoko was published on the club’s official website today, as he said goodbye to Liverpool FC after two-and-a-half years.
In it he talks about Rafa’s dedication to the job, something his critics need to just stop for a moment and think about. Results aren’t going Liverpool’s way, but it’s not through want of trying on the part of the manager. He’s been undermined for the whole length of the season, in an increasing way, his efforts
He also talks about how the players feel inspired by the supporters, how their backing gets them through the toughest times. Something to remember.
Momo was saying thanks – but he was also sending a message out that was timed to perfection: No matter how much Liverpool’s recent run has hurt you, get behind the manager, get behind the players, show them your support is there through these bad times as much as it’s been there through the good.
It’s unlikely to be an accidental omission that saw him leave the owners out of his thanks. Tom Hicks and George Gillett have made life miserable for all Reds, and Momo will have seen his team-mates suffer along with his manager.
Thanks Momo – you are warmly wished good luck in your future career with Juve, you deserve a new chance where you’ll get more time on the pitch.
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,
Momo is boss.