Rafa backs Sotirios

Liverpool have completed the signing of Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Rafa Benitez has spoken of the qualities the former Rangers man will bring to Anfield.

“He is a tough defender who is strong and good in the air. He has a strong character and we were looking for these things,” Benitez said.

“He can score goals and will be a threat from corners and free-kicks. He’s very strong in defence but he will need time as always to settle into the Premier League.

“We knew the player when he was with Rangers and we’ve been watching videos of him at Frankfurt and the national team. Our scout department had a lot of information.

“We’ve talked about the things he’s done before and the things he’ll have to do for us. He knows what we want and he’s ready to work.”

Daniel Ayala impressed in his full debut against Stoke in mid-week, and with Agger’s back injury, Ayala and Martin Kelly would have been hoping to try and impress Benitez. The Liverpool boss insists the new signing will only help Liverpool’s young defenders – not hinder their progress.

“I was talking with Ayala about this.

“When the young players see someone with experience it is positive because they can learn from them.

“It also means they have more time. If they have to play some games they can but they are not under pressure.”

Daniel Agger faces surgery next week to attempt to solve a long-standing back injury and Martin Skrtel is still a doubt for the visit of Aston Villa on Monday night.

4 comments on
Rafa backs Sotirios

  1. I don’t know enough about Kyrgiakos to know if he’s a good signing or not but surely the future of the club has to be youngsters like Ayala, Kelly, Spearing and Nemeth.
    The net spend this summer has been nil and we’ve effectively lost a player as I can’t see Aquilani ever playing a full season so with no money to spend maybe it’s time to blood more youngsters.
    The likes of Lucas, Babel and Voronin have all had their chances and shown not to be up to it, give the youngsters a chance.

  2. I am not very excited about Kyrgiakos. I think that we should’ve held out until the toffees sold Lescott to Man City and went in for Richie Dunne. He’s consistent and he pops up with the odd goal. He is a proven premiership defender. But whether we would get him for less than 5 million I don’t think that it would happen. I would love to see us getting Van der vaart, he’s class and huntelaar. But I don’t think Rafa has the funds to buy them Sell Babel, Dossena,

  3. come on rafa!!! get van der vaart b4 transfer window is close!!

  4. Of course he backs him. He’s not going to say it’s the best I could get with the 2 yankee owners pocketing the money from player sales, don’t forget the moey recovered from Keane in January.

    YANKS OUT FOR GOOD THEY ARE STRANGLEING THIS CLUB.

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