On transfer deadline day in the transfer window of the 2008 season, former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez completed a £9.8 million deal to bring in Albert Riera.
The transfer deal happened to be one of those quiet and unexpected ones that Benitez pulled off during his time as Manager of the Anfield club.
Riera was signed from Spanish side Espanyol after bursting onto the scene with some strings of fine fine performances that attracted loads of suitors battling to secure his signing then. He was popularly known for playing some entertaining football during his time at Espanyol as he bossed the left flank with some excellent play on the wing.
The Liverpool midfield duo of Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho were missing in training as the rest of their teammates trained at their new training ground on Tuesday. The Reds trained for the first time at the new AXA training centre in Kirkbyyesterday.
Some Liverpool players were missing in action because of international commitments. The likes of Sadio Mane (Senegal), Diogo Jota (Portugal), Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker (Brazil) are with their respective countries. Reds stars like Joel Matip, James Milner, Nathaniel Philip, Adrian and DivockOrigi were all pictured at the training centre in Kirkby on Tuesday.
Arsenal defender David Luiz feels football does not need to make changes following the incident when Virgil van Dijk clashed with Jordan Pickford. The former Chelsea star sympathizes with the Dutchman but doesn’t agree players need more protection.
During the Merseyside derby last week, Virgil and Pickford clashed, resulting in injury to his cruciate ligament. This means the Reds’ skipper would be sidelined for months – this could be a major drawback for the defending champions.
Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has said that he is looking forward to the forthcoming campaign. The attacker experienced a difficult 2019/2020 season with the Merseyside outfit and he made only 11 appearances across all competitions. He spent much of the second half of the campaign on the sidelines with a calf injury and managed only eight minutes of playing time in the Premier League.
Owing to this, there has been the speculation that he could head for the exit door, but Shaqiri appears determined to prove his worth to the Merseyside outfit next term, he told the club’s official website: “Always if you are injured or if you are not playing, you're frustrated. But I'm looking forward to this season and trying to help the team all the time, so I have the chance to play like the first season. As a team, I just want us to achieve a lot of things. I think we have a lot of good players in our team, everyone can play and we try to make it very difficult for the coach as always.
Former Liverpool defender Graeme Souness has said the Liverpool may regret on not adding another striker as a backup to the team. Reds have the best forward line up with them as the trio Mohamed Salah, Robert Firmino and Sadio Mane have been the main contributors in the winning streak of the club. The three along with each other has scored 50 goals and 28 assists in the current season of Premier League.