Player profile

Oussama Assaidi

Oussama Assaidi

Birthdate: 15 August 1988
Birthplace: Beni-Boughafar, Morocco
Other clubs: Omniworld (2007-08), De Graafschap (2008-09), Heerenveen (2009-12), Stoke City (loan, 2013-15), Al-Ahli (2015-16), Twente (2016-)
Bought from: Heerenveen
Signed for LFC: £2.4m, 17.08.2012
International debut: 09.02.2011 vs. Niger
International caps: 14/2 (5/1 at LFC) - 18.11.2014
Liverpool debut: 20.09.2012
Last appearance: 07.04.2013
Contract expiry: 12.01.2015
Win ratio: 41.67% W:5 D:3 L:4
LFC league games/goals: 4 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 12 / 0

Player profile

Nobody saw this coming. In contrast to the incessant rumours and counter-rumours that are attached to English Premier League clubs during any transfer-window, confirmation of Oussama Assaidi’s arrival was conducted in the old “Liverpool Way” with an announcement about the transfer only taking place after it had been completed. The Moroccan-born winger celebrated his twenty-fourth birthday just two days before being unveiled as new manager Brendan Rodgers’ third signing of the summer after Fabio Borini and Joe Allen. Although born in Morocco, Assaidi moved with his family to Holland when he was only three years old. Assaidi made his professional debut for Omniworld in February 2007 and eighteen months later he moved to Eredivisie club De Graafschap and had a season and a bit there before moving on to Heerenveen. Assaidi had two full seasons with Heerenveen in which he scored nine and ten goals as his club finished twelfth and fifth in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues. The winger could have qualified to play for Morocco as the country of his birth or for the Netherlands because of residency. It was for Morocco that he made his full international debut in February 2011.

Although predominantly right-footed, Assaidi can play on either flank. An effective wide-player was something that was often missing from Kenny Dalglish’s final season in charge of team-affairs. A former teammate of Assaidi’s at Heerenveen felt that he would be a good acquisition: "A great player. Quicker running with ball than without. He is right-footed but has been playing on the left wing. He creates chances out of nothing and has incredible ball control. Assaidi is ridiculously creative – I’ve hardly ever seen his equal in that respect. A good fit for Rodgers - he could really prosper under his guidance."

The young Moroccan's opportunities were limited during his first season in England. Assaidi only started six matches and came on as a substitute on a further six occasions. He was an unused substitute for five of the last six Premier League matches of 2012/13. He was loaned to Mark Hughes' Stoke City for the 2013/14 season. Having played so infrequently for Liverpool in the 2012/13 season (just 6 starts plus 6 substitute appearances) the loan-move to Stoke was likely to make or break Assaidi's future in English football. The Moroccan played in exactly half of Stoke's 38-match Premier League programme; plus he managed to do something he had failed to do as a Liverpool player ... score! Five times in fact, the most important of which was the last-minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea in December. Assaidi returned to Stoke, on loan for another season, on the final day of the summer transfer-window of 2014.

After making 9 League and 2 Cup appearances for Stoke City in the first half of the 2014/15 season the Moroccan winger was recalled by Liverpool and sold to the Al Ahli Club in Dubai. He reached the AFC Champions League final, losing 1-0 to Guangzhou Evergrande, but left after one season for Twente in Holland, joining them in December 2016.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 2 6 0 12
2012-2013 4 0 2 6 0 12
2013-2014 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Young Boys
2 Anzhi Makhachkala
1 Zenit St. Petersburg
1 Udinese
1 Swansea City
1 Stoke City
1 Norwich City
1 West Ham United
1 WBA
1 Tottenham
Total Started/substitutions
6 Started
14 On the bench
6 Substitute
3 Substituted
Total Competition
6 Europa League
4 Premier League
2 League Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 20.09.2012 Young Boys Stade de Suisse Europe

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Omniworld 2007-2008 Netherlands 2 29 3 29 3
De Graafschap 2008-2009 Netherlands 1 16 2 17 2
De Graafschap 2009-2010 Netherlands 2 5 5 5 5
Heerenveen 2009-2010 Netherlands 1 20 1 29 3
Heerenveen 2010-2011 Netherlands 1 31 9 33 9
Heerenveen 2011-2012 Netherlands 1 27 10 29 10
Heerenveen 2012-2013 Netherlands 1 1 0 1 0
Stoke City 2013-2014 England Premier League 19 4 25 5
Stoke City 2014-2015 England Premier League 9 0 11 0
Al Ahli 2015-2016 United Arab Emirates 1 14 4 14 4
Twente 2016-2017 Netherlands 1 5 1 5 1
Twente 2017-2018 Netherlands 1 25 6 29 8
Total 201 45 227 50
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