"Sissoko was a player that grew a lot with us and he's a fantastic boy. He was called the new Vieira a few years ago. He has incredible ability for his age. He is 20, I saw Vieira when he was 18-years old and he was no better than Sissoko. Sissoko runs more than Vieira. In a couple of years he will be more dynamic than Vieira and a better player."
Benítez on Sissoko in July 2005
"He will learn. The problem for him at the moment is everything's new. It's a new club, a new style of football and a new language. He just needs to analyse the situation a bit more. I'm very happy with him since he joined because he has contributed a lot. The positives are greater than the negatives. I prefer to have a player with high energy rather than someone who is calm. He is the kind of player we've been missing. We are working with him and we are always talking to him about things he can learn."
Rafa on Sissoko as he picked up his seventh caution of the campaign against Luton in January 2006.
"When the fans sing my name, it makes me want to play well for them all the time. I don't know why they like me so much. Maybe the English fans enjoy seeing players who enjoy winning the ball and working hard.
"When I go onto the pitch, my objective is always to work as hard as I can for the team. It's fantastic to have so many people cheering for me. I don't think of myself at the level of Steven Gerrard. I go into training every day trying to learn from Stevie or Xabi Alonso. They are two great midfielders.
"I'm still only 21 and I'm learning all the time. Maybe one day I'll be thought of in the same way."
Momo Sissoko after his man of the match performance vs. Chelsea in the 2006 Community Shield
Momo was one of the most important players for us last season and I was really surprised that he didn't even get a mention the Young Player awards. I can't think of many better.
He is a young player who every manager in the Premiership would want in his squad, and I would have thought that would have made him a contender. His running is incredible. He is an athlete, almost like a Kenyan middle-distance runner, and even though people don't seem to talk about him, he is very important to this team. He is not the finished article, but he is such a good worker. You tell him he needs to improve something and he is practise, practise, practise every day."
Rafa on Momo in September 2006