REDS SET TO CONFIRM DOSSENA MOVE
Liverpool expect to announce the signing of defender Andrea Dossena from Serie A side Udinese next week.
The 26-year-old has been linked with the club since the end of the season and with John Arne Riise having departed for Roma, the Italian is now set to arrive at Anfield as the Reds' first choice left-back.
Chief executive Rick Parry told the club's official website: "We are now ready to confirm the signing of Dossena. The deal should go through next week after finalising the paperwork."
Parry also paid tribute to Norwegian Riise, who ended his seven-year association with the club last week.
He said: "John was an incredibly enthusiastic defender who was always a great pro.
"He worked hard and never gave us a minute's trouble. The fans will remember that powerful shot of his that brought them to their feet on many occasions.
"We had a good chat about his time here and he wants to thank the fans for the support he was given down the years. He secured Champions League and FA Cup success at Anfield and also helped us win the Worthington Cup and two European Super Cups."