Djibril Cisse's travel plans in January 2006
Djibril Cisse: "There is not truth whatsoever in this story [Cisse's brother is said to have claimed a deal to bring Cisse over to Marseille is 90% done] and I am really annoyed with my brother, who I have no contact with, for this. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how happy I am here at Liverpool. This is my club, I waited for a long time to come here and I'm here to stay. The fans are amazing, my team-mates and manager are amazing, and it's just a fantastic club. I have had no contact with Marseille and the ongoing speculation about my future is boring.
It has caused me a lot of problems but I won't let it affect me. My mind is focused only on doing my best for Liverpool. We have some tough games coming up and I am fully concentrated on them. To score in the derby was a special moment for me and one I will never forget. My confidence is high and I just want to continue playing well and scoring goals for this club. There is so much to look forward to here. We have a great team and we have a lot to play for in the second half of the season."
Rafael Benitez: "There is no news and we don't want to sell Djib. He is a very important player for us who has shown the kind of attitude I like in players. He is a good finisher and against Everton I knew his pace would give us options."
It's the kind of statement Liverpool fans have waited to hear for quite a while now. He doesn't want to leave, neither does Benitez, neither do the fans. Now we can get on further with the football and let that, rather than the media, do the talking.