Liverpool completed their fifth signing of the summer by signing French defender Aly Cissokho joining from Spanish side Valencia on a season-long loan.

The Merseyside club also has the option of making the move permanent next summer for £4million, according to the Daily Mirror.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Cissokho will provide competition for first-team spot to Jose Enrique as the club push to break into top four and be a part of next year's UEFA Champions League.

Enrique was the only option available left-back before Cissokho arrived with Rodgers sanctioning a loan move for Liverpool’s England U21 defender Jack Robinson to leave for Blackpool earlier this summer.

Cissokho has played at Anfield before when he was a part of the Lyon squad that won 2-1 at Anfield in Champions League clash back in 2009.

The 25-year-old trained with the senior team on Tuesday and the club officially announced his arrival for the 2013-14 season.

The Frenchman was seen to be very excited to join his new club and expressed his joy for being able to play for a prestigious club like Liverpool.

"I think we have a great team and great fans and together we can achieve great things. It's going to be a great experience to rub shoulders with the club’s top quality players, and of course playing for the club for the first time is something I’m excited about," said Cissokho.

Cissokho will wear Liverpool’s number 20 shirt. He is likely to be handed his debut this Saturday against Aston Villa.

Regarded as one of the most talented full-back a few seasons ago, Cissokho had a phenomenal season at Lyon and later moved to Spanish side Valencia in 2012.

He has only one cap for France to date, but he will be looking to revive his career in time for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

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