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Riera joins Liverpool from Espanyol

September 02, 2008 10:54 IST

Liverpool signed Spanish winger Albert Riera from Espanyol on Monday, the Premier League club confirmed.

The 26-year-old, who had a brief spell in England with Manchester City, has agreed a four-year contract although no details of the transfer fee were disclosed.

"Riera has the qualities we were looking for," Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez told the club's website (www.liverpoolfc.tv).

"He's a left footer who normally plays on the left wing, he's good in the air, strong, powerful and a good crosser of the ball. He also had offers from other English clubs but he said no to them because he wanted to come and play for us.

"That means a lot to me because it shows the commitment he has to play for Liverpool."

Earlier on Monday Liverpool's Ireland defender Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction, agreeing a two-year contract with Espanyol for an undisclosed fee.

Riera, who has been capped five times by Spain, joins Brazilian 18-year-old Vitor Flora at Anfield after the young striker joined from Botafogo on a free transfer.

Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin is also leaving Liverpool after joining German club Hertha Berlin on loan.

(Writing by Martyn Herman; editing by Miles Evans)

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