Contrary to all the earlier indications, Liverpool’s German midfielder Dietmar “Didi” Hamann has gone to join Sam Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers.
No doubt Didi will be pleased to have joined a club that allows him to avoid moving house, but whether he’ll enjoy the football there remains to be seen. Perhaps the signature of Didi is a sign that Allardyce is to refine the way his team plays, a way that has seen him roundly criticised in the past by Reds boss Rafa Benitez.
Didi’s been a red now for seven years, joining from Newcastle for £8m back in Gerard Houllier’s day. He earned eight winners’ medals during his time at the club, including his important role in the Champions League final.
Known to the players as “The Kaiser”, Didi is believed to enjoy a pint or two (obviously not to the detriment of his fitness of course) and so may have been enticed by the fact that Allardyce is a keen darts player.
Known as ‘The Kaiser’ by his Anfield team-mates, Hamann was signed by Gerard Houllier from Newcastle United for £8 million in July 1999 and quickly became a fans favourite.
AnfieldRoad.com would like to thank Didi for a lot of happy memories, and we’d also like to wish him all the best at his new club. Good luck Kaiser.