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1 March 1980
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1.91 m (6'3")
Djimi Traore (born 1 March 1980) is a Malian international footballer who played for Liverpool from 1999-2006. Traore left Liverpool in 2006, joining Charlton Athletic.
Traore signed for Liverpool in 1999 when Gerard Houllier paid £500,000 to Laval for his services. Traore spent much of his Liverpool career as backup to the first team, and was subsequently in and out of the squad with little consistency. He played for much of the 2002-03 season as first choice left back Stephane Henchoz suffered injury. In the following season, Traore was relegated to the reserve squad, however he did score what would prove to be his only goal for the senior side in a UEFA Cup match against Steaua Bucuresti on 6 November 2003. His early Liverpool career was characterised by numerous defensive mistakes, such as costly fouls and poor positioning that allowed opposition teams through on goal. He famously also scored an own-goal in the 2004-05 FA Cup match away to Burnley when he attempted a drag back within his own six yard box, which he completed incorrectly and the ball bobbled into the net, gifting Burnley a shock 1-0 win and knocking the Reds out. As such, the Liverpool fans could sometimes be heard chanting, to the tune of The Jackson's Blame it on the Boogie: "Don't blame it on Biscan, don't blame it on Finnan, don't blame it on Hamann, blame it on Traoré. He just can't, he just can't, he just can't control his feet".
His form however did improve under new manager Rafael Benitez and he did find himself in the starting line up of the senior squad on a more regular basis. Traore started the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan, however he conceded a free kick within the first minute when he fouled Kaka from which Milan took an early lead. Traore suffered a poor first half, in which his suspect positioning provided ample space for Milan's forwards to launch an assault on Liverpool's goal. However, in the second half, Traore was brought more into the centre as Liverpool narrowed their formation, and Traore performed much better, even making a goal-line clearance from Andriy Shevchenko to keep the score level at 3-3.
For the 2005-06 season however, Traore found himself third in the pecking order for left back, behind John Arne Riise and Stephen Warnock. He was sold to Charlton Athletic for £2,000,000 on 8 August 2006, finishing with 139 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, scoring 1 goal.
- UEFA Champions League (1): 2005
- FA Cup (1): 2006
- League Cup (1): 2003
- FA Charity Shield (1): 2001
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- Djimi Traore career stats at Soccerbase