Brazilian star ‘honoured’ to be a Red

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Alexander Doni has expressed delight at joining the Liverpool, with the keeper admitting he couldn’t say no to the history-rich club when they came calling.

Doni was with Roma for six years before making the switch to Liverpool on a free transfer, and was Kenny Dalglish’s fourth signing for the club this summer.

The 31-year-old, who can give both support and competition to Pepe Reina, says despite being happy in Italy, Liverpool is a club most players would dream of playing for.

"It is an honour to be at a club like Liverpool after leaving Roma," Doni said.


"I was happy at Roma, but Liverpool is one of those clubs that when the opportunity to go there comes along you have to take it with both hands.

"I would like to thank everyone at Roma and the fans for what they did for me during my time there and I am excited about my new challenge at Liverpool.

"I would also like to thank my agent Ricardo Sarti for making it happen.

"I am looking forward to playing for the Liverpool fans and it will help I will have my fellow Brazilians Lucas and Fabio Aurelio there to help me settle in and I promise to do my best for the club."

Doni is the only free transfer taken on by Dalglish this year; so far, the Liverpool manager has spent over £100 million on transfer fees, though the £50 million sale of Fernando Torres in January will help decrease the club's outlay.

With three midfield buys in Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam, and a keeper in Doni, Dalglish will now no doubt be looking at targeting forward and defensive positions as he seeks to challenge for trophies in England and Europe once more.

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