Rush, Collymore and Lee for Soto

The last appearances of the Greek defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos together with the “Man Of The Match” award he gained for his game with Stoke made Liverpool’s veterans comment on his performance together with the team’s performance and results.

The legendary forward Ian Rush stated that “Xabi Alonso was the biggest departure from Anfield last season but Sami Hyppia’s move to Bayer Leverkusen was also a huge blow. However, it could be that, at long last, Sotirios Kyrgiakos is ready to fill the void left by the Big Finn. I’m not for one moment comparing the two, as Sami was rightly thought of as a Liverpool legend. But Kyrgiakos has shown in his last two performances that he has similar qualities and is right man to fill the role Sami would have occupied this year. You won’t have many bigger aerial tests as a defender than against Stoke and Peter Crouch but Kyrgiakos passed both with flying colours. The jury had been out on him but he is starting to get to grips with the Premier League and is well capable of playing his part for the rest of the year.” 

Stanley (Stan) Collymore also commented Kyrgiakos’s performance on his article in Mirror Football. “I have been one of Rafa Benitez’s most outspoken critics in the last 18 months but I still think he will get Liverpool into the top four this season.” Regarding Sotis’s performance his writes that “It says a lot of about Liverpool’s troubles that Sotirios Kyrgiakos could become an unlikely poster boy for the ’new Liverpool’. His goal and performance at Stoke in the 1-1 draw was impressive. The 30-year-old journeyman that Rafa brought from AEK Athens because he couldn’t afford an A-list back up for his leaky centre halves, did not let Liverpool down. The big pony-tailed Greek put in a sterling performance at The Britannia and may typify the less football, more grit of the new Reds.” And he concludes saying that “And it is no-nonsense men such as Kyrgiakos who like to roll up their sleeves which can keep Rafa in a job right now.”

Sammy Lee also commented Kyrgiakos’s performance in Liverpool’s website. "I thought the whole back four were excellent against Tottenham," he said. "It's never easy to play against Crouchie because of his size and I thought we handled him and Defoe very well. Kyrgiakos has produced two outstanding performances for us against Stoke and Tottenham and that's what we need. We knew it was going to be like backs to the wall against Stoke and he did very well."