July 06, 2006

The New Reds

I write this to take a break from the World Cup, as well as because Eyeris has been on my case for not contributing enough. ;)

For those who've been distracted by the events at Germany in 2006, you might have not noticed the events transpiring at Anfield in recent weeks.

First we signed forward Craig Bellamy. He was a problem child at Newcastle after falling out with master provocateur Souness, but was a big hit at Blackburn under fellow Welshman Mark Hughes.

His pace and trickery could be just what we need after the misfiring season just gone by. Although, I'm still waiting for news of Cisse's departure.

Next we finally got left winger Mark Gonzalez's work permit all sorted out. Now to actually see whether he was worth the wait. I don't know what this means for Harry Kewell though.

Now we've signed a Brazilian left-back - relax, it's not Roberto Carlos - 26-yr-old Fabio Aurelio from Valencia on a free transfer. Interestingly, Aurelio becomes Liverpool's first ever Brazilian signing.

Of Aurelio, Benitez said: "His technical ability is fantastic, he has a great left foot and mentality and provides the team with a lot of options."

Oh, and we've also got 20-year-old Argentinian centre-back Gabriel Paletta from Atletico Banfield. According to Rafa:
"Paletta is very tough and he's exactly the sort of player we need who will suit the Premiership," said Benitez.

"He's more like Jamie Carragher than Sami Hyypia. This is good because we will have a balance in the style of defenders."

More like Carragher? Great - as long as he doesn't take penalties.

Read more at BBC Sport.

And one more sentence on the World Cup final: I fully expect Italy to lift the World Cup now - which means France will probably win.


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