Djibril Cissé who made a deal with Liverpool in January to join them on the 1st of July 2004 finished his final season with Auxerre as the king of the scoring charts in the French league. He was top-scorer by a good margin or six more than Alexander Frei at Rennes and seven more than Marseille's star Didier Drogba. Cissé scored 26 goals in 38 league games for Auxerre, repeating his feat from 2001-2002 when he was top-scorer with 22 goals in 29 league games.
Liverpool chased his signature for three years and made a gentleman's agreement with Auxerre and Cissé that he would join them when the time was right. Even the lure of Real Madrid putting a contract in front of him in 2003 and again in 2004 didn't change his mind. UEFA Cup or Champions league, Gerard Houllier or no Houllier, he was going to wear the red shirt of LFC.
Houllier talked about Cissé in his final interview at the official site. "Well, I think Liverpool have signed a great player in Djibril Cisse. He's a fantastic striker and he's signed for five years so there is plenty of time for someone to work with him. He's been the best striker in France for the past three seasons and Rick and myself have spent a number of years making sure that this transfer happened. He's very, very quick, got a great shot and is a proven goalscorer."
Cissé has so far failed to deliver with the national team, often played out of position on the right wing, resulting in him scoring only 3 goals in 16 appearances. He made his debut for France vs. Belgium on the 18th of May, 2002. Cissé only played a minor role in France's disastrous World Cup in 2002. He played 3 matches, but was only on the field for 57 minutes.
Cissé was born on the 12th of August 1981 in Arles. He joined Auxerre as a youngster and made his Auxerre debut on the 20th of March 1999 vs PSG in a 0-1 defeat. He played two more games the following season. Cissé was finally given his chance in the 2000-2001 season, scoring 8 goals in 25 league games. His star shone brightly in 2001-2002, scoring all kinds of goals, some truly spectacular ones and finished as top-scorer in France with 22 goals in 29 league games. Houllier was a firm admirer and signalled his intentions to his old friend Guy Roux, Auxerre's manager. Cissé feared he would go stale with Auxerre and needed a new challenge.
Cissé realised he was going nowhere yet and had a somewhat disappointing 2002-2003 season, scoring 14 goals in 33 league games. Cissé wanted to go to Liverpool in the summer of 2003, but Roux said he needed him one more season. Cissé played superbly in his final season and was at the top of the scoring charts.
Cissé scored 70 goals in 128 league games in his 6 seasons at Auxerre.