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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.

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