Reds seal Sissoko swoop
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool have sealed their swoop for Valencia midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.Liverpool have completed their swoop for Valencia midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.
The Mali international had looked like joining Everton for the past few weeks, but The Reds have nipped in to gazump their Merseyside rivals.
Rafa Benitez signed the 20-year-old for Valencia from French side Auxerre and obviously believes he can be a useful addition to his European champions.
Liverpool are believed to have paid é¼8 million for the powerful African, who has signed a four-year deal at Anfield.
Benitez's troops had their first run-out since lifting the UEFA Champions League in Istanbul on Saturday in the friendly at Wrexham.
The Spaniard revealed after the game that the club had completed the capture of Sissoko, and believed he would be a good new recruit.
"We have signed Momo Sissoko," Benitez told Sky Sports News.
"He's a centre midfielder who is very, very good, he has a high energy level and is always working.
"He's also not bad with the ball and he can give us a balance in the middle.
"He's had two good years with Valencia where he has won trophies. I know him well and he's a very good player."
Benitez is to continue bolstering his squad for the coming season and revealed that he wanted to add to or three more new faces in the next week.
Despite Sissoko's arrival, Benitez says he is still hoping to sign Luis Figo, but the matter remains in the hands of Real Madrid.
"It is possibility but at the moment it's in the hands of Real Madrid," he added.
"We have a number of possibilities and Figo is one of them we are trying to get.
"We hope to sign two or three more players. I think we are better than last season."