Rafa: Signing Sissoko was easy
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has taunted Everton over the signing of Momo Sissoko.Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has taunted Merseyside rivals Everton over the signing of Momo Sissoko.
Everton made a concerted effort to sign the Mali international over the summer, but were beaten to the punch by Liverpool.
Benitez worked with Sissoko during his time at Valencia and the Reds boss has dubbed the midfielder 'the new Patrick Vieira'.
Sissoko has impressed for the European champions and Benitez admits he was never worried that Everton would pip him to the player's signature.
"We had an advantage over Everton," said Benitez. "I already knew the player.
"He had good memories of winning trophies with me at Valencia.
"We knew Everton were interested, but it was easy to sign him."
The 20-year-old has quickly established himself in Liverpool's engine room and has no qualms about snubbing a move to Goodison Park.
Sissoko said: "Any player in the world would have done the same as me.
"Between the two offers, I had to go for The Reds because they are the champions of Europe and I already knew Rafa Benitez.
"I am well prepared for anything the Everton fans have for me. I'm sure they will whistle at me from the first minute, but it doesn't worry me."