Former goalkeeper of Liverpool Jerzy Dudek considered punching boss Rafa Benitez out of eagerness to quit Anfield.
“Pepe was a nice man, but in a moment where I felt like I was at the height of my success, Rafa had recruited a new goalkeeper,” Dudek told FourFourTwo.
“I said Rafa that the 2006 World Cup was on the horizon and I wanted to play football. Cologne was concerned but a few days before the window was locked, they called and asked, ‘Why doesn’t Rafa even speak to us?’”
“I was confused-I thought it was all decided.”
“The following day, after training, I walked up to him. He said, ‘We have offered a loan package, so you’re so valuable to us. They try to give us £800,000, so what if Reina has an injury? I can’t throw £800,000 into a bag to bring it between the goalposts.’”
“I had this mad idea then – ‘I guess I’m just going to hit him in the nose’ This evil whisper in my head told me they’d let me go to Cologne if I hit Rafa.’”