Auxerre v Liverpool (20/07/2007) - Double Agents
Wednesday, 18th July 2007
As we prepare to face Auxerre in Switzerland on Friday, YNWA looks back at the careers of those players who have appeared for both clubs.

Current double agent
Momo Sissoko started his professional career with Auxerre, but failed to break through to the first team. Rafael Benítez signed him for Valencia in 2003, converting him from a striker to a central midfielder. He played 45 League games for the Spanish side, helping them to claim the League title, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Since arriving at Anfield, he has won FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield medals. He has already played 73 times, without scoring so far, despite suffering two serious injuries while with the reds.

His lordship
Djibril Cissé officially arrived from Auxerre in a club record £14m deal in July 2004. He bagged 24 goals in 79 reds games and has recently recovered from a second horrific leg break, having scored to help us to claim three trophies in his time at Anfield. However, he has recently made his loan with Olympique de Marseille into a permanent move, after failing to fully convince Rafael Benítez.

He made his senior club debut in March 1999, coming on from the bench in Auxerre's 1-0 home defeat by Saint-Étienne. Fellow double agent Bernard Diomède was one of his team-mates that day. His first goal did not come until August 2000, when he was on target in their 2-1 defeat of Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien. However, he had played in May 1999 as Auxerre beat Saint-Étienne at the Stade de France in a penalty shoot-out to claim the Coupe Nationale des Juniors, also known as the Challenge Emmanuel Gambardella.

He struck a total of seventy goals in 128 League appearances for Auxerre, helping them to claim the French Cup and Super Cup.

World Cup winner Bernard Diomède signed from Auxerre for £3m in June 2000. He only made five reds appearances, before moving to AC Ajaccio, firstly on loan in January 2003 then permanently that summer. He subsequently turned out for Ligue 2 side Créteil and then Clermont Foot in the Third Division. He is currently without a club. He had struck thirty times in 176 League outings for Auxerre, helping them to claim the League and Cup double in 1996.

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