"If you look at the number of goals he scores for every minute he's been on the pitch, then phew! Seriously, his ratio is fantastic. Nobody knew, but I was sure that he would come here and do that. He's really coming on strong now."
Gerard Houllier in 2002 on Baros
"We played AC Milan and he scored against them and played very well against Paolo Maldini.
Maldini came to me after the game and said 'who is he? I've never heard of him.'
"That's how good he was."
Gerard Houllier on Milan Baros
"Milan's attitude was right from when he arrived, he just needed time. He was a young boy who had come from a small club in Czechoslovakia, with all respect to Banik Ostrava, to a big club and a big environment in Liverpool.
It is something special and takes some getting used to. The boy had a good "pre pre-season" if you could call it that. He's always had a good spirit, and he came back having lost some weight and was excellent in our pre-season games.
Houllier on Milan Baros pre-season 2002
"As a striker it's always difficult to say what your targets are, but I think if I could score between 10 and 15 goals this season it would be fantastic."
Baros before the 2002-2003 season in which he scored 12 goals.
Houllier knocked the confidence out of me. I wasn't being picked and I thought it would be best to leave Liverpool in the summer. I was very hurt at not being in the side. I was fit and felt it was an injustice.
But a new coach has come in now and the situation has changed. Every player will start next season from the same point under Rafael Benitez and we will all have something to prove.
With the old manager gone, I now want to stay and be a part of it. I had lost my motivation at Liverpool and it was only when I met up with my national team-mates that I lost weight, gained some mental belief and got my motivation back."
Baros in the summer of 2004