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Name Jerzy Dudek
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Club as Player Liverpool FC
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Book Jerzy Dudek: A Big Pole in Our Goal

2011 06 11 Retrieve

[Jerzy Dudek on Karim Benzema] When I first saw his first training session, I was impressed. I told all my friends that Madrid had signed an extraordinary player. For me, he is even better than Ronaldo, the Brazilian. Karim has incredible qualities

2016 04 23 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek writing in his autobiography, ‘Jerzy Dudek: A Big Pole in Our Goal’ about his falling out with manager Rafael Benitez when he sought a move away from the club that he felt was being delayed by his boss] To be completely honest, I genuinely considered punching Rafa in the face. Then the consequences of doing so flashed through my mind. Would he let me go? Or would it just lead to a massive media scandal? Surely I couldn’t stay if I gave him a smack? Punching a Liverpool manager who had won the European Cup only a few months earlier wouldn’t have looked too good on the CV, I guess, but I was still angry

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[Jerzy Dudek says Steven Gerrard is the main and only candidate to replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager] When I was in Liverpool recently no-one kept a secret of the fact that Steven is the main and only candidate for replacing the German when his era at Anfield comes to an end. Everyone knows that sooner or later, the great captain will return. I was surprised that Steven started working as a manager so quickly. Most of my teammates or players from around the world need time before they eventually return to football

[Though Dudek was shocked to see Gerrard become a manager, the retired Polish shot-stopper believes he does have what it takes to become a real success in the dugout] There are many reasons for success. Steven has a nose for players, copes with difficult conditions and is still learning. He also surrounds himself with the right people. He can count on the help of Gary McAllister, who is his assistant and who was in some way his football mentor, because he introduced him to Liverpool. They’re a great duo. Stevie also has the opportunity to use the wisdom of Jurgen Klopp, which will probably be very useful in his career

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek, who will play alongside Gerrard on Saturday, has backed the former midfielder as the only man to replace Jurgen Klopp at Anfield once the German departs] When I was in Liverpool recently no-one kept a secret of the fact that Steven is the main and only candidate for replacing the German when his era at Anfield comes to an end. Everyone knows that sooner or later, the great captain will return. I was surprised that Steven started working as a manager so quickly. Most of my teammates or players from around the world need time before they eventually return to football.

There are many reasons for success. Steven has a nose for players, copes with difficult conditions and is still learning.He also surrounds himself with the right people. He can count on the help of Gary McAllister, who is his assistant and who was in some way his football mentor, because he introduced him to Liverpool. They’re a great duo. Stevie also has the opportunity to use the wisdom of Jurgen Klopp, which will probably be very useful in his career

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has revealed that he was so desperate to leave at the end of his Anfield days that he considered punching manager Rafa Benitez] Pepe was a great guy, but Rafa had signed a new goalkeeper at a moment when I felt like I was at the peak of my career. I told Rafa that the [2006] World Cup was on the horizon and I needed to be playing football. Cologne were interested, but a few days before the window closed, they called and said, ‘Why is Rafa not even talking to us?’ I was surprised – I thought everything had been agreed. The next day, I stormed up to him after training. He said, ‘They only offered a loan deal, and you’re too important for us. They want to give us £800,000, but what if Reina gets an injury? I can’t put £800,000 in a suitcase and put it between the goalposts’. Then I had this crazy thought – ‘I think I’ll just punch him in the face’. This evil whisper in my head was telling me that if I hit Rafa, they’d let me go to Cologne.

Looking back today, I appreciate even more that I played for a club with the history of Liverpool. Last year, I went to Madrid with my son and watched Liverpool win the Champions League again. As a player, I never understood why supporters cried after big wins – but when I saw the players running around with the cup in their hands, I had tears in my eyes. I understood even more about the love I still get from Reds fans