[b]I played my best football for Liverpool, says Chelsea's Anelka on eve of Anfield return[/b]
By NEIL ASHTON
Last updated at 1:01 AM on 07th April 2009
The audition at Anfield amounted to just five months, a loan spell from Paris St-Germain that returned only five goals in 20 appearances. Yet Nicolas Anelka believes it was his most productive period.
Little wonder no one will ever be able to work him out — the enigma who has scored goals for Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Fenerbahce, Bolton and his latest stop, Chelsea.
Gerard Houllier took him to Liverpool in January 2002, confident that Anelka could resurrect his career on Merseyside and be the catalyst for their first league title since 1990.
They failed, finishing second behind Manchester United, and Houllier knocked back the option to sign the striker permanently.
[color=Blue]‘I played my best football at Liverpool because I played in my best position there,’[/color] claimed Anelka as he prepared for a return to Anfield for the Champions League quarter-final tomorrow.
[color=Blue]‘There was Michael Owen, who is a natural goalscorer, as well as Emile Heskey, who sets up lots of things for you.’[/color]
[color=Blue]‘Owen was the main scorer and you knew he was going to score no matter what. He allowed me to play my best.’[/color]
Houllier did not agree, passing over an opportunity to sign him before Manchester City, who had just been promoted back to the Barclays Premier League, did so for £11million.
He remains a ‘one-in-two man’ — a guaranteed goalscorer — and yet Anelka is convinced that his strike-rate is a sideshow to the main event, billing himself as a team player and proud of his work ethic.
‘I played as a centre forward with Arsenal and scored lots of goals so everybody thinks that’s my best position, but I don’t,’ he told Icon magazine.
‘For me, football’s not about scoring goals. I play because I want to enjoy myself on the pitch. If I have a chance then great, but my main aim is to play well.
‘That’s where I differ from real strikers. If I went through an entire game and scored in the 85th minute, I wouldn’t be happy.’
He has returned to the central striking role for much of the season with Chelsea and is currently the leading scorer in the Barclays Premier League with 15 goals and showing flashes of his world-class finishing.
The return of Didier Drogba in recent weeks has nudged him out to the wing again, a position he occupied with disastrous consequences in last season’s Carling Cup final defeat by Tottenham.
Drogba trained with the Chelsea squad yesterday and is available for selection after an ankle injury.
He scored the injury-time goal which knocked Liverpool out of last season’s semi-final.
|[quote]原文章由 [i]owenhang[/i] 於 2009-4-7 21:43 發表|
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