Baros rather curiously rejoined Houllier at French champions Lyon on 22 January 2007, considering their uneasy relationship at Liverpool. Although his new club won their sixth league championship in a row Houllier was replaced by Alain Perrin and the Czech forward played significantly less under the new manager. Towards the end of the January 2008 he was unveiled as a Portsmouth player, initially on loan until the end of the season. Baros helped Portsmouth reach the FA Cup final and he received a winners' medal after coming on as a substitute for Kanu with three minutes remaining of the final against Cardiff City. However he hadn't impressed Harry Redknapp to sign him permanently and he returned to Lyon after failing to score in 16 appearances for Pompey. Baros joined Harry Kewell at Turkish giants Galatasaray in the summer of 2008. He enjoyed a very successful first season in Turkey, scoring 20 goals from 31 league games. This was the highest total of league goals he had scored in a single season since becoming a professional footballer. He has since then taken his combined club total to close to one hundred league goals. In 2011/12 Galatasaray became Turkish champions for the first time since 2008. He scored a total of 61 goals in 116 matches in Turkey. In February 2013 the 31-year-old returned to Banik Ostrava, where he started his career. Baros finished the season with five goals for the club where he had started his professional career. The club from Ostrava ended the season in fourteenth position, just above the two relegation places. Baros returned to Turkey in July 2013 when he joined Antalyaspor.
The return to Turkey was initially positive for the Czech forward, who scored twice in 13 league matches in the first half of the 2013/14 season with two more goals coming in three domestic cup-ties. Unfortunately, he received a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury in December 2013 which cut his stay in Turkey short as he returned to the country of his birth for treatment and recuperation. He signed for Banik Ostrava but managed just eleven appearances during 2014/15, leading to his release and he joined fellow Czech 1st League club Mlada Boleslav. In 2015/16 he was used mainly as an impact player, with fifteen of his 21 appearances coming from the bench, scoring a respectable six goals.
Baros spent 2016/17 with Slovan Liberec before returning for a fourth spell at Banik Ostrava in the summer of 2017. He got nine goals in 25 league appearances in 2017/18 and remained there for the following season., scoring six in fourteen games. After 2019/20 was again disrupted by Achilles and calf injuries, Baros called time on his playing career in July 2020, releasing a statement saying "The head would like to, but the body has already said stop. These health problems have been with me for a long time and the body is not working as I was used to in my career. The reasons are clear, age cannot be stopped. I started to feel such pain that it is impossible to continue my professional career."
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Interview by Paul_Hassall on 24 December 2016 on This is Anfield.
From This is Anfield by Paul Hassall on 24 December 2016.
The Telegraph report on Blackburn - Liverpool on 13.09.2003.
The Telegraph report on WBA - Liverpool on 26.04.2003.
The Telegraph report on Bolton - Liverpool on 14.09.2002.
The Guardian on Liverpool 2 - 0 FBK Kaunas on 2 August 2005.
Fortunately it's not too common for footballers to break their legs. One game this season saw two leg breaks. Back in the 1986/87 season, two Liverpool players broke their legs destroying their Liverpool careers.
"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
When he first arrived I think some of my staff had thought I was already ill when I signed him! But I knew what I was signing. For the first three or four months none of my staff dared come up to me and tell me I had made a mistake in buying him, but I think in the back of their minds that is what they thought.
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. The big difference has been in his weight and in learning English. He lost maybe three or four kilos over the summer and has looked sharp since then. 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. We allowed Jari Litmanen to leave because of Milan's improvement. Jari's in his 30s while Milan is still only 20, and maybe the best of Milan will not come while I am in charge.
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
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Banik Ostrava||2000-2001||Czech Republic 1||26||5||26||5|
|Banik Ostrava||2001-2002||Czech Republic 1||16||11||16||11|
|Aston Villa||2005-2006||England Premier League||25||8||30||12|
|Aston Villa||2006-2007||England Premier League||17||1||21||2|
|Portsmouth||2007-2008||England Premier League||12||0||16||0|
|Banik Ostrava||2012-2013||Czech Republic 1||12||5||12||5|
|Banik Ostrava||2014-2015||Czech Republic 1||9||2||9||2|
|Mlada Boleslav||2015-2016||Czech Republic 1||21||6||21||6|
|Slovan Liberec||2016-2017||Czech Republic 1||24||5||29||6|
|Banik Ostrava||2017-2018||Czech Republic 1||25||9||27||10|
|Banik Ostrava||2018-2019||Czech 1||14||6||16||7|
|Banik Ostrava||2019-2020||Czech 1||17||1||19||3|