Sissoko staying calm
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mohamed Sissoko is not worried about his disciplinary record this season.Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has insisted that he is not worried about the amount of bookings he has collected this season.
The Mali international midfielder has received ten yellow cards this season, and has been sent off at Sunderland.
The leggy 21-year-old is committed on the pitch but that commitment has led to him amassing over a third of the club's total yellow cards for the campaign.
Despite his disciplinary record, former Valencia man Sissoko insists that he is not a dirty player, blaming his yellow cards on sheer exuberance.
"I'm not really worried," said Sissoko. "I've not committed any really serious tackles, I've not injured any players.
"I don't see that they would particularly label me, especially if you look at other games and other players in the past who have done things that are a lot more serious.
"I have been punished for my exuberance and my enthusiasm. My aim is to get the ball and that is the role of a midfielder.
"That is what they should be doing, I do that as much as possible but sometimes I cause some problems.
"But they are not intentional, I always just go for the ball and I do not mean to do anyone any harm."
Reds fans have warmed to Sissoko due to his endless running and commitment in the centre of the park, and he is set to return to the starting line-up for their massive game at Chelsea on Sunday.
Rafa Benitez has, however, had a calming word with the African ahead of the game, with temperatures sure to be running high at Stamford Bridge.
"The manager told me to be careful and calm down. If I get one card that's not good. If I get two that is bad for the team."