The news that Argentine left-back Emiliano Insúa has signed a new three-year contract with Liverpool isn’t likely to send the Kop, currently contemplating mouthwatering signings like, er, Gareth Barry and Robbie Keane, into raptures. Still, it seems manager Rafa Benitez is keen to secure the continued services of the promising under-20 international.
Insúa, who previously played for Boca Juniors initially signed for the Reds on loan in January 2007. He made five first-team appearances for the club last season, featuring in the final three Premier League matches of last season.
At 5’5″ tall, Insúa is currently one of the shortest players in the Premiership, along with Aaron Lennon.
Insúa currently represents Argentina at Under-20 level. He was picked to form part of the 20 man Argentina squad for the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay, and helped Argentina to win the the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.
Despite featuring five times last season, coming in for the injured Fabio Aurelio, Insúa’s first team chances at Liveprool may well be restricted this season what with new signing Italian left-back Andrea Dossena expected to be ahead of him.
Dossena’s transfer from Udinese was confirmed by Liverpool Chief Executive Rick Parry on the club’s website on June 26, pending the finalisation of paperwork. The fee is believed to be in the region of 7 million pounds.
With Emiliano Insúa now tied to the club, let’s hope Rafa Benitez can get on with the business of securing the move of Gareth Barry from Aston Villa to Liverpool.