Moroccan makes Reds move
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool have signed exciting young Moroccan striker Nabil El Zhar.
Liverpool have secured the services of exciting young Moroccan striker Nabil El Zhar, after he decided to leave French side St Etienne.
The 20-year-old joined The Reds after deciding to leave St Etienne to pursue a career with Rafa Benitez at Anfield.
El Zhar made his mark in the 2005 World youth Championships as he helped the North Africans to the semi-finals before being beaten by Nigeria.
El Zhar, who was born in France but opted to represent Morocco, played for Liverpool's reserve side against Newcastle on Tuesday night and he is now looking to make an impact at Anfield after his big move.
"St Etienne offered me a professional deal but I waited before signing it because I was unconvinced it was in my best interests to stay," El Zhar told the club website.
"When we came back for pre-season training I came back with the seniors, but they weren't really expecting me.
"So I preferred to pack my suitcases and go somewhere where I'd have a long-term future, that's to say Liverpool.
"They are a big club, but I'm convinced I've made the right decision to sign for them. I'm aiming on making a name for myself here. It's my intention to play in the first team eventually.
"I want to prove myself, make a name for myself and, if I do that, my chances will come here."