Apparently this signing is pretty much a done deal – and Benitez is very happy about finally getting this La Liga star.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is confident the signing of Espanyol midfielder Albert Riera will finally be completed on the last day of the current transfer window.
Riera is expected to tie up a move to Anfield today for a fee believed to be in the region of £8million.
And Benitez is also anticipating that Xabi Alonso will remain a Liverpool player.
But his joy may be tempered if the news regarding Fernando Torres’s hamstring injury is not encouraging.
The Spanish star pulled up suddenly during the first half of the Reds’ goalless draw at Aston Villa yesterday and will undergo a scan today to determine the extent of the damage.
Benitez said: ”The deal for Riera is nearly done. We are waiting and hopefully it will be done.
”I have confidence that it will. It can improve us and give us a bit of balance. It is nearly done. We are in contact with Espanyol.” (ESPN)
After another disappointing performance yesterday, Rafa will be keen to add more creativity to his side in order to help them break down the opposition. With their defence pretty much solid throughout the season it is clearly going forward where the problems at the Anfield outfit lie. Riera is an adept winger with a good turn of pace and good crossing ability and, at a price rumoured to be £9m, he can be considered a good-value signing. Do Liverpool fans see this signing as a step forward or would they rather have seen a bigger name making the move to Merseyside?