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. 16 league appearances and 3 goals show that the short-term deal with Rangers was beneficial for both the player and the club. Rangers reached The Championship play-off final as they sought to make an immediate return to the Premier League but it was unclear at the time of that final whether the Israeli, who passed his 34th birthday shortly before the end of the 2013/14 season, would be seeking a new contract with Rangers or any other club.
On 6 June 2014 it was announced that the 34-year-old midfielder had agreed a two-year contract with one of his former clubs, Maccabi Haifa. He then joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer of 2016 but only found the net once. For 2017-18 he was with Beitar Jerusalem but lost his place in the second half of the season. At the beginning of 2018-19 he joined Maccabi Petah Tikva, then moved back to Beitar in the January transfer window. He announced in April 2019 that this would be his last season as a player and on 4th May captained Beitar in a 2-3 home defeat to Ashdod. Benayoun's five children were at the game, each wearing a shirt of the five different clubs he had played for in England.
|6||West Ham United|
|1||West Ham United|
|18||England Premier League|
|Total||Goal minute period|
|100||17.10.2009||Sunderland||Stadium of Light||League|
|1||23||25.09.2007||Reading||Madejski Stadium||League Cup|
By Chris Bascombe at News of the World on 10 July 2010.
Liverpool Echo report by James Pearce on Liverpool - Burnley on 12.09.2009.
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.
Match report from Liverpool- Besiktas by Ian Doyle at Anfield.
Kevin McCarra at Anfield on November 6, 2007 from The Guardian.
Observer match report from Wigan - Liverpool on 29.10.2007.
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.
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.
An interview from the Independent, published on 24th of September 2005.
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva||1997-1998||Israel 1||28||15||32||17|
|Maccabi Haifa||1998-1999||Israel 1||29||16||33||18|
|Maccabi Haifa||1999-2000||Israel 1||39||19||39||19|
|Maccabi Haifa||2000-2001||Israel 1||38||13||42||13|
|Maccabi Haifa||2001-2002||Israel 1||26||7||27||7|
|Racing Santander||2002-2003||Spain 1||31||4||31||4|
|Racing Santander||2003-2004||Spain 1||35||7||35||7|
|Racing Santander||2004-2005||Spain 1||35||9||35||9|
|West Ham United||2005-2006||England Premier League||34||5||40||5|
|West Ham United||2006-2007||England Premier League||29||3||30||3|
|Chelsea||2010-2011||England Premier League||7||1||11||1|
|Arsenal||2011-2012||England Premier League||19||4||25||6|
|West Ham United||2012-2013||England Premier League||6||0||6||0|
|Chelsea||2013-2014||England Premier League||0||0||0||0|
|Maccabi Haifa||2014-2015||Israel 1||22||4||25||4|
|Maccabi Haifa||2015-2016||Israel 1||22||5||24||6|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||2016-2017||Israel 1||26||1||42||2|
|Beitar Jerusalem||2017-2018||Israel 1||22||7||26||8|
|Maccabi Petah Tikva||2018-2019||Israel 1||12||3||12||3|
|Beitar Jerusalem||2018-2019||Israel 1||15||0||15||0|