Yossi Benayoun’s world will never be the same. Liverpool’s number 15, the understated man from Dimona Israel, has now been transformed into a global household name after heading the Reds to victory in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium last night.
Yossi’s recent rise from a squad player to an integral member of the Anfield set-up has been steady and constant. Benayoun has had to reform and educate opinions over his ability as many have viewed his skinny, bony and slight physic as a sign of weakness against the Israeli. However, as has been the case throughout his career, Yossi has stayed true to himself and overcome the naysayers.
Perfecting his jinking runs, improving his ball retention skills and wearing his heart on his sleeve, Benayoun has seen off the various challenges thrown at him since arriving at Anfield from West Ham to now become a regular feature in Rafa Benitez’s team. So far this season he has chalked up twenty-nine appearances (one less than he made all of last term), chipping in with three goals (he scored four last year) and five assists. At the same time, the likable Israeli has avoided going into the referee’s notebook all season-long.
Many Reds’ fans will likely be unaware last night’s goal was not the first time Benayoun had hit the back of the net in Madrid. Back during his days at Racing Santander the Israeli managed to bag the opener in a 2-1 victory during the 2005/06 campaign.
Yossi Benayoun’s first ever goal at the Bernabeu can be seen here.