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Nabil El Zhar

Liverpool secured the signature of winger Nabil El Zhar from St Etienne in October 2006.

The youngster was born in France and played for Les Bleus at youth level before defecting to Morocco, where his parents were raised.

He first caught the eye during the 2005 World Youth Championships when he helped Morocco reach the semis.

Liverpool's No.31, who can play on either flank or behind the striker, made his debut as a 71st minute substitute against Portsmouth on November 29, 2006. It was the first of three appearances in 2006-07.

The following year saw El Zhar score a 25-yard corker in front of the Kop during his first start of the campaign against Cardiff City in the Carling Cup.

He rippled the net again during his senior bow for Morocco versus Belgium in March 2008 before helping Liverpool Reserves clinch the 2007-08 national title.

All this helped El Zhar become a regular in Rafa Benitez's matchday squad during the season that followed, though his impact was felt mainly from the bench when the gaffer needed someone to stretch and open opposition defences.

In July 2009, El Zhar signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Anfield until 2012.



Player
Nabir El Zhar
Date of Birth
27/08/1986
Place of Birth
Ales, France
Signed
June 2006
Cost
0
Signed From
St Etienne
Other Teams
OAC Ales, Nimes
International Side
na
Height
1.73M
Position
Midfielder
Squad No.
-
Debut
Vs Portsmouth 29/11/06
First Goal
31/10/2007 V Cardiff City
Last Goal
31/10/2007 V Cardiff City
Total Goals
1

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