Liverpool have today confirmed that Dietmar Hamann has left Anfield to sign for Bolton Wanderers. Hamann's decision to leave the Reds brings to an end a glorious seven year spell on Merseyside during which he played an inspirational role in bringing a succession of top honours to the club.
One of the most popular figures to wear the red shirt, Didi will be remembered as the man for the big occasion. The German midfielder won eight medals during his seven year stint at Anfield and all Liverpool fans will forever remember his inspirational appearance in Istanbul during the Champions League Final against AC Milan when he marked Kaka out of the second half, enabling Gerrard and company to find the space to get the Reds back into the game.
He also played a key role in the FA Cup victory over West Ham United when he came on as a second half substitute. Known as 'The Kaiser' by his Anfield team-mates, Hamann was signed by Gerard Houllier from Newcastle United for £8 million in July 1999 and quickly became a fans favourite.
He went on to make 283 appearances for Liverpool scoring 11 goals. In 2002 Hamann became the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt in 1966 to play in a World Cup Final.
There Isn't A Non-Scouser More Scouse Than Him! - Carragher
I think that quote from Carra sums up a lot about Hamann, someone's who's contribution to Liverpool over the years are there for everyone to see and his passion and love for Liverpool is something special, especially from someone that is borned outside Liverpool. I'm rather disappointed by the fact that he left, because he often makes huge impact in games and his experience is invaluable.
His presence single-handedly helped Liverpool to our 5th European crown and his last appearance for Liverpool was the 3-3 draw against West Ham, when he was substituted late on in the game and scored from the penalty spot as well. Over the years, he scored some spectacular goals because he's a really cultured player with a wonderful right foot. But its his simpleness in his play that's really a special part of him. He sprays simple passes around and bring players around him into the game. His role as an anchorman, or defensive midfielder, is a really important position in the team and he did his job really well, over the last 7 years.
All I have to say is, thank you Hamann, for all the memories and achievements you brought to Liverpool. Your contributions to the team will always be acknowledged by Liverpool fans around the world and let me have the pleasure to say, good luck Didi. You'll always be the 'Kaiser' to us and will forever be in the lorebook of Liverpool FC. A legend.
Video Tribute To Dietmar Hamann:-
* 2000-01 League Cup
* 2000-01 FA Cup
* 2000-01 UEFA Cup
* 2001-02 Charity Shield
* 2001-02 European Super Cup
* 2002-03 League Cup
* 2004-05 UEFA Champions League
* 2005-06 European Super Cup
* 2005-06 FA Cup
* 2001-02 FA Premier League (Level 1)
* 2002-03 Charity Shield
* 2004-05 League Cup
* 2005 FIFA Club World Championship