Let’s all do the samba

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Liverpool will be rocking to a new beat this coming season, with a Brazilian, a Chilean and an Argentinian adding their South American flare to Rafa Benitez’s ever developing squad.

Argentinian centre back Gabriel Paletta arrives on a free from Banfield, and is expected to provide good cover for Hyypia and Carragher, along with January signing Daniel Agger, the two of them could end up being the Reds new back line in years to come.

Chilean left winger Mark Gonzales was signed a year ago, but had to be loaned out to Real Sociedad in La Liga where he has continued to impress whilst awaiting a work permit. The pacy 21 year old is expected to be in contention for a starting place on the left, or even right, of the new look Liverpool midfield, providing healthy competition for Harry Kewell.

Left back Fabio Aurelio, a 26 year old Bosman signing from Valencia, played a key role in Rafa’s success in Spain and has arrived again to give good cover and competition for the left side. The Brazilian has a handy left foot and can take a pretty impressive free kick. Some fans who have seen him play at the Mestalla believe he will take the left back spot from Riise this season.

  • In other transfer news, David Raven, Zak Whitbread, Ramon Calliste and Fernando Morientes have all completed their moves away from Anfield, while Craig Bellamy has taken part in his first training session with the Reds on Wednesday.
  • didiAnd Didi Hamann is, according to new reports, set to complete a move to Man City after a deal with Bolton broke down. A loan agreement with Marseille over Djibril Cisse is also close to being completed [Story].
  • Keep up to date with all the summer transfers and rumours in the TIA Transfer Tracker.

    To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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