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by Phil Matthews

Date of Birth - 10/05/78
Nationality - French
Position - Midfield
Games - 48
Goals - 5
Club Hons (Lpool) - None
International Hons - 3 France Caps
Other Clubs - Lens, Racing Club Paris, Lille, Marseille (loan), Bordeaux (loan), Rennes

Gerard Houllier did and said a lot of stupid things in his tenure as Liverpool manager. However, proclaiming Bruno Cheyrou as “The next Zidane” was up there with the best (or worst) of them. Cheyrou was actually a fairly decent player, but in that one statement, Houllier had loaded him up with about as much fan expectation as he possibly could have. Signed as part of the summer of 2002’s appalling transfer debacle, Cheyrou looked fairly similar to Zidane, but that’s where the similarities ended.

Cheyrou came to us with an impressive record in the French league, including a goal scoring appearance against Manchester United in the previous season’s Champions League. He had finished the previous season with a good goal tally, and impressed in a now legendary preseason friendly against Lazio.

However, as the season progressed, it was quickly obvious that Houllier had no idea how to make best use of what ability Cheyrou had and played him mainly on the left of midfield, a position which he had neither the pace, nor the speed of thought to play effectively. Cheyrou put in several good performances for the Reds, but it was pretty obvious that he wasn’t up to the pace of the Premier League.

Cheyrou had a decent record and reputation in France and has been called up to the French national squad three times. As a result, it was fairly easy for us to offload him back to France on loan, and he is now playing for Rennes as a holding midfielder.

Unfortunately for him, most Liverpool fans remember Cheyrou as someone who clearly wasn’t “The new Zidane”, and being a part of one of the worst summer’s transfer dealings in the club’s history. The truth of the matter is that he wasn’t a bad player, he just wasn’t suited to the Premier League and we never should have signed him in the first place.

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