Unfortunately, at the turn of the year things changed dramatically. 13 games in 2009 for Wigan produced zero goals. Furthermore, discipline problems also came into play as Bruce heavily criticized Zaki for returning late from international duty.
Wigan didn’t pursue their interest in Zaki after his one-year loan deal expired and a six-month loan with Hull City in 2010 also ended goalless.
The Australian winger had made a name for himself at Leeds for his technique and a wand of a left foot that more often than not produced the right pass in the final third. His controversial move to Liverpool started off at a canter as the Australian quickly bought in to Gerard Houllier’s playing style.
His first goal in a Reds shirt couldn’t have arrived in a better game as it came in the Merseyside derby against Everton in a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park. 11 goals in all competitions was a decent return for the winger with most Premier League strikes coming early in the season.
Unfortunately, Kewell would never reach similar heights with only five other goals being scored in the following three seasons. Admittedly, injuries hampered his progress but it’s hard to believe that the Anfield side had to fend off interest from European giants Barcelona and AC Milan to get their man.
At the end, Kewell’s expensive wages only brought eight Premier League assists in four years. His Leeds career and the first few games at Anfield had promised so much more!