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Alexander Doni is under no illusions as to the size of the task he faces at Liverpool in vying for a starting berth in the Reds team with established first choice stopper Pepe Reina.

The 31-year-old Brazilian knew exactly what to expect before completing his switch to Anfield, and insists that he had absolutely no hesitation in moving to Merseyside after a strong recommendation from former Roma teammate and Liverpool favourite John Arne Riise.

"I spoke a lot about Liverpool with John and he told me what a special club it was," said Doni. "He spoke about the supporters, the way Liverpool play and this is a very big challenge for me.

"I couldn't turn down the opportunity to come to the Premier League, especially signing for Liverpool which is a huge club in Europe."

When asked about his relationship with Reina, Doni spoke positively about the influence he has already had on him this pre-season, and hopes the competition for places will spur him on and make him an even better player.



"Pepe is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe at present and it is an absolute pleasure to work alongside him at this club," he added.

"I will try to help the team as much as I can. Every time I am called upon I know I have to be ready.

"Everybody knows Liverpool already has a fantastic goalkeeper, so any time I am called upon my aim is to do my best."

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