BBC Sport
BBC Home
Explore the BBC
| Help

Last Updated: Friday, 20 August, 2004, 19:38 GMT 20:38 UK
Alonso makes Anfield move
Midfielder Xabi Alonso
Real Sociedad's Spanish international midfielder Xabi Alonso has completed a transfer to Liverpool, the club have announced on their website.

New Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is a long-time admirer of Alonso, who is set to play alongside Steven Gerrard.

"Xabi is very clever. He is good with long and short passes. He has more skill than strength. He is intelligent and will play well," Benitez said.

"He will give us more possibilities in the midfield."

Alonso's signing was announced on Friday evening at the same time as that of countryman Luiz Garcia from Barcelona.

Benitez said neither would be able to play in the weekend's Premiership game against Manchester City, or the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION Bantams sign up Liverpool keeper
Fewer Anfield tickets for Man Utd
Dalglish upbeat on pair's fitness
Liverpool delay Anfield decision

E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs | Headlines for your site


Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport