Player profile

Yossi Benayoun

Birthdate: 5 May 1980
Birthplace: Dimona, Israel
Other clubs: Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1995-98), Maccabi Haifa (1998-2002), Racing Santander (2002-05), West Ham United (2005-07), Chelsea (2010-13), Arsenal (loan 2011-12), West Ham United (loan 2012), Queens Park Rangers (2013-14).
Bought from: West Ham United
Signed for LFC: £5m, 13.07.2007
International debut: 18.11.1998 vs. Portugal
International caps: 92/24 (14/4 at LFC) - 26.03.2013
Liverpool debut: 15.08.2007
Last appearance: 02.05.2010
Debut goal: 25.09.2007
Last goal: 29.04.2010
Contract expiry: 02.07.2010
Win ratio: 53.73% W: 72 D: 33 L: 29
Games/goals ratio: 4.62
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 7 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 92 / 18
Total LFC games/goals: 134 / 29

Player profile

Benayoun blossomed at Maccabi Haifa at club and international level. He was voted Player of the Year as Maccabi won their first title in seven years in the 2000/01 season, and a year later triumphed in the League again. In 2003, the midfielder was on his way to northern Spain and Racing Santander. Benayoun starred in a struggling Santander side and established a good reputation that Rafa was very aware of. After 101 league appearances and 21 goals Santander was forced to cash in because of financial dire straits. West Ham parted with £2.5million for the Israeli playmaker in the summer of 2005. He scored five goals and made seven assists as the Hammers finished a respectable ninth in the 2005/06 season and reached the FA Cup final. Benayoun proved very tricky for Liverpool's defence and his performance certainly played its part in Rafa signing him a year later.

Benayoun's first season at Anfield can certainly be described as successful as he featured in 47 of Liverpool's 59 competitive matches but was introduced as a substitute 21 times which must have been frustrating. Benítez felt he was a match winner but more often than to Benayoun's liking he didn't have a place for him in the starting line-up. Still, eleven goals was a more than satisfactory figure for a man playing as a second striker and included hat-tricks against Besiktas in the Champions League and Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup. He had a knack of being 'in the right place at the right time' because no fewer than three of those six goals came when he reacted quickly to shots by his colleagues that had been saved or blocked.

Benayoun made further progress in his second season as Liverpool made a championship challenge. His skill on the ball was a joy to behold and his vision second to none but he was still considered mainly an impact player. He scored nine times from 42 first-team appearances in the 2008/09 season and signed a two-year extension to his contract binding him to the club until 2013. Benayoun had another steady season in 2009/10 starting 29 competitive matches but significantly being replaced in 22 of them. His hat-trick in the early-season Anfield encounter with Burnley was a unique treble in another way too, making him the only English-based player to have scored hat-tricks in the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup.

 Ironically Benayoun's best-ever form in a Liverpool shirt, when he played more regularly in the second half of the 2009/10 season, was rewarded with a transfer to Chelsea in the summer of 2010! His move came as a surprise to say the least and Benayoun explained why he left: "There is only one reason - Rafa Benítez. I want Liverpool fans to know the truth and for them to know I made up my mind to leave a long time ago because of Benítez. He never treated me with the respect I deserved." Benayoun's first season back at a London club since 2006/07 was definitely one to forget. A serious Achilles injury kept him out of action for over half the season and although he eventually made a good recovery he only played in seven Premier League matches for Chelsea. Benayoun was loaned to Arsenal in the 2011/12 season where he played 26 first-team matches, scoring six times. The 32-year-old Benayoun made another loan-move, this time back to one of his former clubs, West Ham United, in the summer. He only made four starts at the Hammers and returned to Chelsea at the end of December 2012. 

Benayoun, who reached his 33rd birthday shortly before the end of the 2012/13 season, made only six Premier League appearances for Chelsea once he had returned to Stamford Bridge from his loan spell at West Ham, for whom he had also appeared in the Premier League just six times. Benayoun became a free agent in the summer of 2013.

On 10 December 2013 Benayoun moved to Queens Park Rangers for the remainder of the 2013/14 season. 

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals9264320134
2007-2008 303311047
2008-2009 32109042
2009-2010 302112045

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
8Chelsea
6Manchester City
6Blackburn Rovers
6West Ham United
6Portsmouth
6Arsenal
6Wigan Athletic
5Fulham
5Tottenham
5Manchester United
5Everton
4Bolton Wanderers
4Sunderland
4Aston Villa
4Middlesbrough
4Marseille
4Reading
3Atletico Madrid
3Birmingham City
3Hull City
3Stoke City
3Newcastle United
2WBA
2Burnley
2Derby
2Standard Liege
2Benfica
2Fiorentina
2Toulouse
2Besiktas
2Debrecen VSC
2Lyon
1Havant
1PSV Eindhoven
1Lille
1Unirea Urziceni
1Porto
1Barnsley
1Real Madrid
1Inter Milan
1Cardiff City
1Luton Town
1Wolves
Total Started/substitutions
81 Started
14 On the bench
53 Substitute
47 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals18317029
2007-2008 4313011
2008-2009 800109
2009-2010 600309

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
26Started
3Substitute
TotalGoal minute period
11-15 minutes
516-30 minutes
531-45 minutes
546-60 minutes
561-75 minutes
776-90 minutes
191-120 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
29Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
115.08.2007ToulouseStadium MunicipalEurope
5023.08.2008MiddlesbroughAnfieldLeague
10017.10.2009SunderlandStadium of LightLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
12325.09.2007ReadingMadejski StadiumLeague Cup

Related Articles

FURIOUS Yossi Benayoun today accuses Rafa Benitez of making his life a misery at Liverpool

By Chris Bascombe at News of the World on 10 July 2010.More

Liverpool Echo report

Liverpool Echo report by James Pearce on Liverpool - Burnley on 12.09.2009.More

Rafa keeps us on our toes

Yossi Benayoun has revealed Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez did not even congratulate his team after their famous first-leg Champions League win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last month. More

Liverpool Daily Post report

Match report from Liverpool- Besiktas by Ian Doyle at Anfield. More

Liverpool hit back to the power of eight

Kevin McCarra at Anfield on November 6, 2007 from The Guardian.More

Benayoun saves Reds' blushes

Observer match report from Wigan - Liverpool on 29.10.2007.More

Dear Yossi

Former Liverpool defender Avi Cohen - the first Israeli to play for Liverpool - has penned a letter to fellow countryman Yossi Benayoun following his transfer to Anfield.More

Rafa: Fans in for a treat next season

Rafa Benitez believes Liverpool fans are in for a treat when they see Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun in a red shirt next season. Published 13 July 2007.More

Yossi Benayoun: The Kid from Dimona

An interview from the Independent, published on 24th of September 2005.More

Related Quotes

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2007-2008 11 Midfielder
2008-2009 15 Midfielder
2009-2010 15 Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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